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Chi

Directed by Anne Wheeler
Canada, 2013 (documentary, 60 minutes, colour, English)
Chi
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"Anyone who knew Babz Chula -- a talented, larger-than-life actress from Canada's West Coast -- could tell you that her life force, or chi, was incredibly strong. When Babz reconnected with director Anne Wheeler in 2009, they discovered a mutual interest: India. Babz easily convinces Anne to join her on a journey to Kerala, where 63-year-old Babz will undergo treatment by a renowned Ayurvedic healer in an effort to rid herself of the cancer that has been threatening her life for the last six years. Anne suggests she bring her camera and film the treatment, and Babz enthusiastically agrees. Not all goes according to plan when they arrive; the centre is far less sophisticated than Babz anticipated, and she is very ill from her last round of chemotherapy and the long journey. But, after six weeks of treatments, introspection, and laughs with Anne at the bare-bones clinic, Babz seems to show considerable physical and psychic improvement. At least that's what Anne believes is happening, until they return home and it is revealed that Babz's cancer has spread -- new tumors are present and she has weeks, if not just days, to live. And now all the things they'd pondered in India, like facing death without fear or a belief in a God, become an imminent reality. Amazingly, the irrepressible Babz invites Anne and her camera to continue bearing witness to her journey into the unknown."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Anne Wheeler
Produced by: Yves J. Ma, Tracey Friesen
Narrator: Anne Wheeler
Film Editing: Hart Snider, Janice Brown
Music: Stu Goldberg
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
(sources)

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