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Can

What does it take to heal from mental illness? Can Truong, a war refugee who was
among the millions of boat people who fled Vietnam in the 1970's, was a model student,
aspiring to become a doctor, when he was diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder.
After years of unsuccessfully trying conventional medical treatments for his mental illnesses,
Can becomes involved in the mental health consumer movement, a social and political effort
by people labeled with mental illnesses who believe in recovery through self-determination
and peer support. Inspired by his peers, he embarks on a healing journey of a different kind
trying to reconcile cultural differences with his very traditional Confucian father and attempts
to make sense of his childhood wounds. He serves as a volunteer on numerous mental health
organizations that promote recovery and explores spiritual and holistic healing modalities.

Can-Award LogosCan won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the 2015 Viet Film Fest,
the largest Vietnamese film festival in the world, and was officially selected
to screen at the 2014 Boston Asian American Film Festival!

For more info about the film, please visit: amongourkin.org

Director & Producer: Pearl Park
Editor: Xuan Vu
Light Fish Arts LLC © 2012

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