Experiencing Interruptions?

Healthiest Kid Alive

The night before I headed to boarding school last year, my parents pulled me aside and told me that when I was born, I had a hemangioma - a benign, blood-red tumor - on the side of my face. My parents spent many stressful months debating how best to proceed, navigating the Chinese healthcare system which, at the time, did not offer great solutions. I was shocked — I had always considered myself a perfectly healthy kid. I was proud of my perfect attendance record at school. Through discussion with my parents, I was able to learn more about this important piece of my appearance and identity, understand better the frustrations they felt along the way, and appreciate their sacrifices on my behalf even more.

  • James Peng
  • James Peng
  • Orlando Pandolfi
    Original Score
  • James Peng
  • Shengwen Peng
  • Xiaoxia Huang
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Genres:
    Autobiographical, Family Portrait, Personal Documentary
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Mandarin Chinese
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - St. George's School
Director Biography - James Peng

JAMES PENG (Director) is a student film director and screenwriter living in Massachusetts. He was born in Shenzhen China and moved with his parents to the states at age 14. He has a great passion for watching movies and making documentaries. He first got into filmmaking in elementary school where he would make short videos with his friend. In 2020, he worked on his first short film and is currently working on more.

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