A Mother-Son Tug of War & Transformation
Journey of a Thousand Miles
-From Tiger Mom To Zen Mom
Photo credit: Kurt Braun
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When Zhu Shen’s husband Changyou dies of cancer, she throws herself into a six-year odyssey to produce their 12-year-old artistically gifted son Perry’s animated film Changyou’s Journey (a 2019 Oscar-qualifying animated short) in honor of his father, unleashing a mother-son tug of war. Zhu must learn to look inward to reconnect with her son, reclaim her own buried artistic prowess, and transform from a “Tiger Mom” to a “Zen Mom.”
Written, directed, and produced by Zhu Shen. Work-in-progress sample edited by Perry S. Chen, Colin Bae and Seth Dacio. Appearances by Changyou Chen, Perry S. Chen, and Zhu Shen
ENDORSEMENT (Film Sample)
"A beautifully touching tribute to Zhu's late husband and an ode to the bond between mother and son, told with radical vulnerability and honesty. Zhu’s deep commitment to her son also reveals surprising twists in their dynamic. JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES is a deeply moving look into the love that binds a family."
- Janet Yang, Founder and President, Janet Yang Productions; Executive Producer, THE JOY LUCK CLUB, OVER THE MOON; Governor, Academy of Motion Pictures; Co-Founder, Gold House
"JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES promises to be an engaging and illuminating documentary. Zhu Shen chronicles a warm but complicated mother-son relationship that is bound to resonate with viewers from different cultures."
- Annette Insdorf, Columbia University Film Professor & Film Historian
"A fascinating, authentic story of a singular yet very relatable mother-son relationship. I look forward to this film to follow the revelation of Perry's and Zhu's intertwined journey of self discovery, struggles, and connection. This filmmaker and this story has so much potential."
- David Magdael, Co-director of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Academy of Motion Pictures Member, Leading Documentary Film Media Strategist
"The interactions between mother and son showcase incredible honesty and vulnerability not always captured in documentaries. Seeing Perry's growth gives me hope the younger generation can navigate this world in a thoughtful, empathetic way."
- Josh Chuck, Co-director, Producer, Chinatown Rising
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