Gift – Do Your Parent’s Embarrass You? A Short Film

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son that thinks he is wrong.” – Charles Wordsworth


We think our parents are embarrassing sometimes.

This is a short film about a son that had to face not just embarrassment, but also his resentment towards his father.

The son is the storyteller in the story.

One day, the son went home holding his father’s picture as he remembered the past.  In his formative years, he saw his father as a poor and unsuccessful man, despite working harder than all his father’s friends.  Upon growing up, he didn’t see his father as an inspiring or inspirational figure.  He disrespects his father for being unsuccessful in life and he grew up wanting to be all that he didn’t see in his father.  While doing his assignment, he asks his father, “why are we not rich?”  Then his father replied, “who says we are not rich?  Being rich is not about how much you have, but how much you give.”

After seeing that his father is not an inspiration, he decided to work in a far country.  Sadly, he didn’t come to know all of who his father was and what his father found as the meaning of success until his father had passed away.  As he went back home, he found out that his father secretly helped out, donated and inspired a lot of people in Community Chest.  He visited the said community and met someone whom his father helped out for such a long time.  As he confronted his resentment towards his father, he found out his father’s big secret and realizes his father’s true intention.  He, later on, realized how great his father was.

As he celebrates his father’s birthday in the said community, he remembers his father’s sayings – “Being rich is not about how much you have, but how much you can give.”

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