Dirty Laundry

Winner > Best Short Documentary
Chinese-Canadians living with mental illness face more stigma and shame than other ethnicities because of cultural expectations. Since this culture suppresses emotions to achieve harmonious relationships at all costs, it worsens mental wellness, possibly leading to death. This documentary examines the roots of this deep-seated shame, how it affects family relations and its consequences on the individual and the community. Kayla Mak Harrison aspires to become a filmmaker but she struggles with bipolar type one disorder
Director > Florence Hwang
Writer > Florence Hwang
Producer > Florence Hwang
Key Cast
Kayla Mak Harrison
Cymone Lee
Serina Hsu
Ren Yuan


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