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After years of partying and living together, the young residents of the "Whale House" in East Vancouver have learned their landlord is selling the property and they'll have to move out. But how do they tell A-Yi?

As long as they’ve lived in their shared home, A-Yi (Cantonese for Aunty) has been a fixture of their daily lives. The elderly Chinese woman started out looking for a spot to store her buggy and collectibles, but over the years she began to grow vegetables in their backyard and forged a strong bond with these housemates, despite no shared language.

Can the roommates overcome the language barrier to tell A-Yi that they are moving and that she will probably lose access to their space? And what will happen to her when they're gone?

Credits (Click to expand)

Produced in Association with CBC

General Manager, Programming
Sally Catto

Executive Director, Unscripted Content
Jennifer Dettman

Senior Director, Documentary
Sandra Kleinfeld

Senior Director of Production, Unscripted Content
Alexandra Lane

Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Docs
Lesley Birchard

Appearing as themselves
Rory Tucker
Adam Potter
Jung Sung Li - A-Yi
Stephen Nikky

Director
Martyna Czaplak

CBC Producer
Mike Miner

Producers
Nicolas Ayerbe
Gregory Czaplak

Associate Producers
Workshop Media - Jason Mckinlay + Chris Mckinlay

Editor + Cinematographer
Gregory Czaplak

Storyboard
Jesse Schilperoort

Asset Creation
Jesse S + Robyn Wadey

Animation
Chris Mckinlay

Post Supervisor
Gregory Czaplak

Colourist
Gregory Czaplak

Translator + Cultural Advisor
Dong Yue Su & April Lui

Camera Op
Michelle Remenant
Martyna Czaplak

Sound Design
Mark Dolmont

Insurance Provided by
Front Row Insurance

Equipment Provided by
Workshop Media