COMPETITION

22PK

UP WE SOAR - 2021

Competitive feature film.

Up We Soar is a documentary film (animadoc) that brings to live an intimate personal tragedy in the backdrop of the large-scale persecution.

A film for young people and adults.

The film is dubbed in English and in places with English subtitles when speaking another language.

MES SKRENDAME AUKŠTYN / UP WE SOAR

2021

50 min. 26 s.

  • Director: Yan Ma
  • Animation: Chuan Mu
  • Script: Yan Ma, Wenjing Ma
  • Music: Samuel Bisson
  • Sound: Chris Rodd
  • Camera: David Ren
  • Design: Jinxiong Guo
  • Editing: Yan Ma
  • Producer: Yan Ma

Canada

Up We Soar is a documentary film (animadoc) that brings to live an intimate personal tragedy in the backdrop of the large-scale persecution.

The beautiful young girl Fuyao lives a happy life with her parents until a massive persecution for their faith begins. Both of her parents face long prison terms. Through animation and live interviews, the film engages us in the lives of ordinary people who dare to speak the truth in the face of oppression.

In an intimate story where one family has been persecuted for their faith, our creative team wanted to give a voice to many people who do not have the freedom to speak for themselves. With a beautiful art direction and character design created by renowned comic artist Jingxiong Guo, aka Daxiong (Star Wars Adventures, Shuyan Saga), we believe Up We Soar will reach a wide audience.

YAN MA

2021

Yan Ma is a Toronto-based filmmaker, passionate about documentary films that speak to significant social issues in our world today.

After graduating from Sheridan College in Oakville, Yan has taken several leading roles in film and digital arts in Canadian production companies.

From 2014-2020, he worked as co-director and editor of the TV documentary series “Legends Unfolding, ” which is focused on compelling human rights stories from China. Highlights include “Journey to Tiananmen (2015), “The First Three” (2015), and “Ride to Freedom” (2016), “Candlelight Across the Street” (2017), “Kungfu . Seeking the Tao” (2018).

He has also taken roles as production designer (“Coming for You”), art director (“Big Shorts TV,”

“Outlaws of the Marsh”) and art lead /senior artist for digital games (“Tail Towns,” “Tail Towns Friends” and “Amazing World”).

“Up We Soar” is his first project that combines his passions for animation, documentary and inspirational storytelling.