As we unravel the story of a son’s estrangement from his father, Popiah reveals itself to be equally a lyrical, yet authentic record of the joys, heartaches and frustrations of ordinary family life. And Just as each visual and narrative piece of the story appears under the threat of erasure by modernity, there is one emotional constant that lingers long after the film ends: Gratitude for the quiet love of our own families.
Qing Ming literally translates as ‘clean and bright’ is the day the Chinese sweep the graves of their ancestors. It is usually celebrated on the 15th day from the Spring Equinox, which falls in March to April and last for a month. It is celebrated by families reuniting and visiting to their ancestors’ gravesites to pay their respects.