What's on at Arts Picturehouse Cambridge - Picturehouse Docs
Director: Carol Salter. Featuring: Ying Ling. UK 2017. 72 mins.
Following the screening there will be a Q&A with director Carol Salter.
Seventeen-year-old Ying Ling is away from home for the first time and training to become a mortician at one of China’s largest funeral homes. Despite her fear of ghosts and dead bodies, she learns the spa rituals; cleaning and massaging the corpses while the grieving families look on.
Ying Ling finds solace from her new job through her playful banter with another young mortician. Together, they spend their time off talking about their hopes, fears and plans for the future. As one of many rural-to-urban teenagers working to support her family, Ying Ling must immerse herself unusual and grinding world of China’s industrialisation of mortality.
Almost Heaven is a rites of passage that is both humorous and tender that also confronts a subject we tend to avoid.
Director: Jennifer Peedom. 2017. Australia. 74min.
The film's co-writer Robert Macfarlane, has written extensively on landmarks, the wilderness and specifically cultural history of mountains in his multi-award winning 2003 book Mountains of the Mind.
A unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the renowned Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA®-nominated director Jennifer Peedom. A juxtaposition of image and music to explore the powerful force that mountains hold over the imagination of so many narrated by the Academy Award®-nominated actor Willem Dafoe. Explore the spellbinding force of high places from Antarctica to Hawaii and their ongoing power to shape our lives and our dreams.