Ocean Heaven, a Film by Xiao Lu Xue
One person out of every thousand is born with autism. It follows that China has over one million autism patients.
David/Dafu (Wen Zhang) is one of them: he looks absent-minded, repeats other people's words, swims with amazing ease, keeps everything at home in exact order, and lacks full understanding of his mother's death. Working in an aquarium, Sam Wang/Wang Xincheng (Jet Li), has managed to give his autistic son a good life. But now Sam is dying, and soon David will be all alone. As Sam's condition rapidly deteriorates, he embarks on a heart-warming quest to secure a reasonable future for his 22-year-old son, struggling to connect with David in a way that will give him the opportunity to survive on his own.
Ocean Heaven is presented in partnership with Jewish Family Service as the Opening Night feature of the 1st Annual ReelAbilities: Houston Disabilities Film Festival. Join us to watch Jet Li in his first dramatic role.
Reception: 6:00 pm
Screening: 7:30 pm
Talk-back discussion to follow screening