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From Harling Point

Ling Chiu
2003 | 40 min
This documentary tells the story of a Chinese cemetery in BC that became a National Heritage site. For Chinese pioneers who died in Canada, Victoria's Chinese Cemetery at Harling Point was a temporary resting place until their bones could be returned home. (Traditional Chinese belief says that the soul of a person who dies in a foreign place wanders lost until their bones are returned home.) This film traces the rich history of the Vancouver Island cemetery from controversy and neglect to its revival as a historic site. Told by those closest to it, the story of Harling Point is a metaphor for Canada, a country still working on making a home for all who live within its borders.

Awards and distinctions

  • Award for Most Inspirational Short Film - given by the Youth Jury (ages 13+)
    Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth and Families, Vancouver
    2004