Almost Heaven plus Director Q&A
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.