Meditation Park

"[Writer/Director Mina] Shum mines her favourite theme - immigrant experience in Canada - in what seems at first to be a gentle slice of life but eventually develops a powerful emotional force." - NOW

“Canadian director Mina Shum (known best for Double Happiness and her piercing NFB documentary Ninth Floor) has brought a textured and charismatic portrait of first and second generation immigrant life.

“The Vancouver-set Meditation Park stars Sandra Oh, who long before she became a household name on Grey’s Anatomy, got her start in Shum’s Double Happiness. Then and now, Oh is a fiercely measured actress with an intensity matched in this film by Tzi Ma (Arrival) playing her domineering dad. As good as these two are, Oh and Ma still take a backseat to the truly adorable and impossibly endearing Pei-Pei Cheng (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as matriarch Maria who, upon discovering her husband’s infidelity, peers at the edges of her tiny world and wonders what a life of caregiving has gotten her.

“Meditation Park is a complex film that hews with tenderness to Asian stereotypes in order to reflect back their often-obscured depths.” - Globe and Mail


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