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Doc Soup and The Vanishing Spring Light
By Staff

<The Vanishing Spring Light>

(February 22, 2012 - Toronto, Ontario) Hot Docs has announced that its March Doc Soup will be the Toronto premiere of The Vanishing Spring Light by Director Xun Yu. This Canada-China co-production won the 2011 First Appearance Award at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, The Vanishing Spring Light will screen twice on Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Producer Daniel Cross will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following the screenings.

The Vanishing Spring Light follows Grandma Jiang in her final days. The matriarch of an ordinary Chinese family, she has suffered a stroke after an accidental fall. As her health deteriorates, conflicts within the family begin to emerge.<The Vanishing Spring Light, movie poster> Her fate parallels that of the West Street of the World Cultural Heritage Site of Dujiangyan in southwest China. It has been home to generations of families that have lived an authentic Chinese way of life. Now their traditions and values are increasingly threatened by the modernization sweeping China. To make The Vanishing Spring Light filmmaker Xun Yu spent over two years documenting the life of Grandma Jiang, one of West Street's oldest inhabitants. As she is consumed by her illness, the family struggles to avoid collapse while also facing the threat of relocation. Ultimately, The Vanishing Spring Light is a film about a family's love and loss, obligation and attachment, guilt, transformation, and destiny.

The Doc Soup monthly screening series brings the latest Canadian and international documentaries to the big screen in Toronto , Calgary , Vancouver and Winnipeg . Single tickets for The Vanishing Spring Light are $14 and can be purchased in advance online or at the door on the night of the screening (subject to availability). A limited number of free tickets for the 9:15 p.m. screening will be available to students with proper ID (subject to availability) at the door, on a first-come first-served basis beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The final screening for this season of Toronto's Doc Soup will take place on April 4th.

Hot Docs is North America's largest documentary festival, conference and market. It will present its 19th annual edition from April 26 – May 6, 2012.

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