The Vanishing Spring Light

Director Xun Yu
Genre Documentary
Runtime 112 minutes
Supplier EyeSteelFilms
Festivals/Awards Jury Special Documentary Mention - Whistler Film Festival 2011
Release Date In theatres on April 6, 2012


The documentary, The Vanishing Spring Light, follows the last days in the life of Grandma Jiang, living in the West Street of the World Cultural Heritage Site of Dujiangyan (southwest China). For centuries, West Street has housed generations who have lived the most authentic Chinese way of life. However, their traditions and values have been challenged and lost due to the modernization of China. The Vanishing Spring Light documents the last two years in the life of Grandma Jiang and her family, before they were removed, converting the neighborhood in a touristic site. Filmmaker "Fish" Xun Yu spend more than two years living and documenting the family of Grandma Jiang. During that time she suffered a stroke after an accidental fall. As her health deteriorates, conflicts within the family begin to emerge. While Grandma Jiang is consumed by her illness, the family struggles to avoid collapse.

Jury Special Documentary Mention - Whistler Film Festival 2011

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Press & Articles

“For Sunday viewing, I recommend Tales of West Street” - Montreal Gazette

“'The Vanishing Spring Light': Tales of West Street” - Variety

“'The Vanishing Spring Light': Shadows growing on the Silk Road” - The Globe and Mail

“'The Vanishing Spring Light: Tales of West Street' is a study in waiting” - National Post

“Xan Yu's extraordinary film is a document in its purest and most poetic form” - Canadian Film Corner

“Director Xun Yu becomes an invisible fly on the wall to capture this family's natural intimacy” - VOX Magazine

“Quebec Cinema: Tiny Budgets, Big Stories” - Chicago Sun-Times

“'The Vanishing Spring LIght' Review” - The Grid

“'The Vanishing Spring Light': Death of a way of life ” - The Toronto Star

“'The Vanishing Spring Light': Subtle Light” - NOW Magazine

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