Director: Mina Shum Run Time: 94min Genre(s): Drama
Meditation Park opens with Maria (Cheng Pei Pei), the matriarch of a Chinese-Canadian family, hosting a birthday celebration for her workaholic husband, Bing, (Tzi Ma), along with her similarly overworked daughter (Sandra Oh in a brilliant performance) and her own family.
Maria clearly reveres Bing and the sacrifices he has made for their family – so when she discovers another woman’s panties in his pocket, she's forced to confront the harsh reality that her world may not be what it seemed.
As Maria wrestles with what to do about her discovery, she befriends a group of local eccentrics and a grumpy neighbour (Don McKellar). Maria’s journey of self-discovery soon teaches her everyone’s lives are more complicated than she has been led to believe.
“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.” – Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine
Venue: Calgary Nikkei Cultural and Seniors Centre
Date: April 17, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM
Ticket price: Free
Event Primary Language: English
Accessibility: Venue deemed accessible by event host.
Calgary Nikkei Cultural and Seniors Centre, 2236 – 29th Street SW, Calgary, AB, T3E 2K2