Dawn Cheung is an engineer-turned-teacher from Montreal, who has spent the last thirteen years chasing thrills and adventure abroad. Daring, witty, and unforgiving, Dawn lives in the moment, never staying too long in any one country or relationship.
But on this fateful morning, in Chengdu, China, an earthquake changes everything. Dawn finds herself injured and trapped in her apartment’s rubble. With no sense of when, or if, she’ll be found, the only comfort that Dawn finds is in the voice next door: her fellow trapped neighbour, Noah, a young and optimistic Chinese factory worker.
From out of the darkness, they forge an unlikely connection over “Friends,” Muhammed Ali, and congee (rice porridge). But the quake leaves more than just physical devastation in its wake, as Dawn and Noah are forced to confront their deepest faults and come to terms with past personal disasters. Survival is hard. Grief and forgiveness – even harder.
AFTER THE QUAKE is a short film about one woman’s survival – and the aftermath of a world torn apart by history, fate, and the things left unsaid.