Felix’s gifted intelligence and obsession with death only seemed natural to his Taiwanese American father, but on the afternoon of Independence Day 1996, when his 13 year old son committed suicide, Dr. Wen would forever question how he did not to see the warning signs.
Devastated by this tragedy, Dr. Wen left Iowa to continue his practice in Miami where he begins to treat a Peruvian boy of the same age. Sebastian, who has terminal cancer, undergoes intense radiology treatment but somehow remains hopeful through it all. While revisiting memories of his lost son through lingering home movies, this memorable black and white documentary follows Dr. Wen as he tries to save the life of another boy. Through intelligent cinematography and editing, Mong-Hong Chung sensitively weaves together a poetic film about how one man deals with bereavement as both a doctor and parent.
– Heather Keung
Mong-Hong Chung was born in Ping-Tong, Taiwan in 1965. He received his MFA in filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993. Chung has directed over 100 commercials, and recently was awarded the Golden Prize by the 4A Free Creativity Media in Taiwan. His first documentary Doctor won best documentary at the 2006 Taipei International Film Festival.