Our Time Machine
Catalogue Number: PR4782
Producer: Passion River Films
Subject: Arts, Documentary, Drama, Family Studies/Home Economics, Health and Medicine, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: United States
Copyright Year: 2020
Running Time: 80:50
When Shanghai artist Maleonn realizes that his father suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, he creates a magical, autobiographical stage performance. In a tireless project involving the creation of life-sized puppets and mechanical objects, Maleoon is in a race against the clock, desperate to stage his play about time and memory before his father succumbs to the disease. The relationship between Maleonn’s abstract production, called “Papa’s Time Machine,” and his complicated feelings for a father at once inspirational and distant, is a delicate subject, but Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang’s moving documentary “Our Time Machine” handles it with sensitivity and insight. Maleonn’s wondrous creations are enough of an attraction on their own, but the multi award-winning film has many more layers to reveal about the legacy of Cultural Revolution in China, familial relationships, the agonies of love and loss and the circle of life.
Film is in Chinese with English subtitles.
WINNER – DocEdge Film Festival
Tribeca 2019 - Best Cinematography in a Documentary Feature CAAMFest 2019
Winner – Documentary Competition LA Asian Pacific Film Festival 2019
Grand Jury Award – International Documentary Feature
100% FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes
“A tender and visually striking film about using art to combat the unrelenting difficulties of ageing.” - CBS NEWS
“Sun and Chiang convey the cyclical nature of existence with poignancy and grace, articulating how generational turnovers imperfectly but lovingly manifest through the lives of an artistic family.” - THE GUARDIAN
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