Mina Shum and Sandra Oh drop by VIFF Facebook Live event between Canada Film Day screenings tonight

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      Two icons who've come out of the Vancouver film scene will be on hand for a livestream Q&A today to celebrate Canada Film Day.

      Director Mina Shum and actor Sandra Oh are hitting the Vancouver International Film Festival's Facebook LIve at 6:40 p.m.

      That'll hit between online screening parties for two films, via CBC Gem. At 5 p.m., Shum's 2018 Vancouver-shot family drama Meditation Park rolls. Starring Sandra Oh, the film explores the byways of the East Side--especially Chinatown and the Renfrew–PNE area. (The movie is named after a tiny greenspace there.) Shum tells the story of Maria (legendary Chinese actor Cheng Pei-pei) and her errant husband, Bing (Tzi Ma), When Maria discovers a scarlet thong in his pants pocket, she sets out on a discovery of the freedom she never had as a housebound immigrant wife. Don McKellar also stars.

      After the Q&A, at 7:15 p.m., get ready for another Oh vehicle: she stars in McKellar's dystopian 1998 sci-fi flick Last Night, a witty, trenchant look at life and love in the face of doom and death. We put on the Georgia Straight's top 50 Canadian films of all time in 2017; we dubbed it "the apotheosis of Don McKellar. Canada’s one-man film industry gathered up an impressive array of friends (Sandra Oh, David Cronenberg, Callum Keith Rennie, Sarah Polley, Tracy Wright) for this, his directorial debut and the very sweetest of apocalypse tales."

      You can watch the films via a 30-day free trial on CBC Gem Premium.

      VIFF presents the event with Reel Canada, partnering with the Civic Theatre in Nelson, BC, and The Kamloops Film , as well as Reel Asian Fest (Toronto) and Rabble.ca.