winner of the Best Documentary award at the British Independent Film Awards and
double nominee at the Berlin Film Festival.
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 macabre role through her playful banter with another of the
young morticians. 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 in the surreal
and grinding world of China’s industrialisation of mortality.
access and moments of humour, Almost Heaven follows Ying Ling as she
learns about life while surrounded by death.
This screening will be accompanied by a Q&A with director Carol Salter.