MEDITATION PARK – Special Presentation
Directed by Mina Shum
Q&A to follow with filmmaker
60-year-old Maria Wang lives an ordinary, homebody life in East Vancouver. She chats with her neighbors, exercises in the park with her husband, Bing, and tidies up the house. One day while doing laundry, she reaches into Bing’s suit pocket and finds an orange g-string thong. Propelled by shock, sadness, and fear, she goes on a journey outside of her home to find out what her husband has been up to.
Inspired by a detective show seen on TV, Maria decides to tail Bing—until she realizes she has no money for the cabs to do so. She has spent her past 40 years in Canada entirely dependent on her husband. With the help of a group of neighborhood po-pos (Chinese grandmas) who have all the intel on how to dodge the police, Maria starts an illegal backyard parking business and starts to rake in money.
In this deft, subtly emotional “love letter to Asian immigrant moms” (Sandra Oh), MEDITATION PARK is a coming-to-independence story for one 60-year-old woman who questions her identity for the first time and finds a life for herself in the world outside of her home.
Post Screening Panelists:
Mina Shum, Director/Writer
Screening made possible by: – Asian Heritage Month @ NYU, New York Women in Television and Film, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, Asian Women Giving Circle
Co-presented by SAG-AFTRA
Mina Shum has written and directed five feature films—including DOUBLE HAPPINESS, DRIVE, SHE SAID, and LONG LIFE, HAPPINESS & PROSPERITY—that have successfully touched international and domestic audiences. Her films have premiered at Sundance, Toronto, and Berlin. The New York Times calls her work “wry and winning.” In addition to her feature films, Shum’s work includes art installations, essays, lectures, and short films. Shum has also directed episodic television in all lengths for a variety of networks including CTV, CBC, Nickelodeon, Oxygen, W, and MTV/Logo.
Director, Writer: Mina Shum
Cast: Pei-Pei Cheng, Sandra Oh, Tzi Ma