"THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US" - A Short Film By Jeffrey Wu
Journey to telling a personal and important story about his trip back to Beijing to spend time with his grandmother who has Alzheimers.
By: Daylight Interactive and POPeye
Mental health is a difficult topic for Asian communities and my family is no exception. Even though dementia is an increasingly relevant issue with the rapidly aging population in China, it's often avoided for a myriad of reasons—shame and miseducation being some of the most prominent ones. Around October of 2015, I made a trip to Beijing with my dad. My grandma's dementia was worsening and my family was having a hard time adjusting. She didn't recognize extended family or my dad, but she somehow still remembered me. Knowing that opportunities to communicate with my grandma were going to happen less and less, I decided to film bits and pieces of the week I was there. While The Distance Between Us focuses on my family's struggle of understanding Alzheimer's, the documentary became a great chance for me to explore my own feelings as the only family member born outside of China. What role did I play as the American grandson? What more could I have done to help? How does my family maintain relationships when the distance seems insurmountable?
- Jeffrey Wu is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles and New York specializing in personal documentary and new media content creation. His interest in the moving image began at an early age when at the age of thirteen he began to cut together clips of Japanese animated shows with 90s American hip-hop music. By blending the two montage style, he created what the internet at the time called anime music videos. The outlandish editing style through heavy use of juxtaposition and visual effects persists in his work today. Today, he splits his time at PHOENIX TELEVISION where he continually engages with his Chinese roots through travel documentaries and POPeye Media where he expands his curiosity of other cultures through the lens of music.
- Daylight Interactive is a multimedia company, anchored towards unique storytelling. We shine a spotlight on diverse and inclusive content that we create and discover to reflect the realities of life. See more at https://daylightinteractive.com/
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