Everything Will Be
As dawn breaks and most of the city still sleeps, the long-time merchants of
Vancouver’s Chinatown are hard at work. They haul out their produce stands and
set up their makeshift vendor carts in preparation for what they hope will be
a busy day. But, like many ethnic enclaves in urban centres across North
America, their clientele is dwindling. This once vibrant and thriving
neighbourhood is in flux as new condo developments and non-Chinese businesses
move in and gradually overtake the declining hub of the Chinese community.
Everything Will Be, from Sundance award-winning director Julia Kwan, captures this fascinating transformation through the intimate perspectives of the neighbourhood’s residents, diverse merchants and new entrepreneurs, who offer their poignant reflections on change, memory and legacy.
Night and day, a neon sign—an art installation—that reads “EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT” looms over Chinatown. Everything is going to be alright. The big question is—for whom?
2014, 85 min 26 s
International Film Festival
September 25 to October 10 2014, Vancouver, Canada
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