As an hommage to Czech documentary film director Jan Špáta's films "Největší přání", we travelled to various cities in North-western Canada and the United States and asked people in the streets the same simple questions:
- What is your biggest wish?
- What's wrong with the world today?
- What is the secret for happiness?
Different social groups, genders, races, orientations, nationalities... as it turns out, people have many interesting things to talk about but in the end we are not so different from one another.
"The Biggest Wish" is a probe into the minds and hearts of ordinary people. It is a touching look at total strangers with whom we might never cross paths but get a sense of knowing. The film looks for (and finds) humanity in all of us.
At the time of much division between people, whether based on politics, religion, gender, or race, it's so very important to be reminded that we all are just people, with our dreams, desires, hopes, sorrows, and wishes. If we could only pause for a moment to think about this age-old wisdom and not just take it for a cliché, we just might be able to make this world a better place.
Director Biography - Lucie Bakala, Jiri Bakala
Lucie is a Francophone, born and raised in Quebec and she is the proud first-time director of this documentary. She is a documentary film producer, photographer, location sound recordist, and an accomplished world traveller.
Her recent work includes a documentary for the Washington State Department of Ecology and a documentary TV episode for Accessible Media television network.
She is the recipient of several film awards for “A River Film”.
"The Biggest Wish" is Lucie's first experience as a documentary film director.
Jiri Bakala is a award-winning producer, cinematographer, and a former CBC Newsworld director. He has worked internationally and produced content for CBC, Knowledge Network, Warner Brothers Records/Maverick Records, CHUM Television, Czech Television, and others.
Jiri is a voting member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
I was curious to see how much we all have in common, rather than what divides us. The concept of the film is a street essay. While walking the boulevards, markets, ocean beaches, and back alleys of a handful of North-American cities, the crew runs into un-named strangers that are willing to break their day for a moment and consider some elementary yet quintessential questions; what matters, what is - or is not - right with the world, and what is their biggest wish in life.
Not so surprisingly, eventhough on surface the answers differ, underneath we all share much the same dreams and desires. Health, happiness, world peace, acceptance, friendships, love.
With a surprising candour, complete strangers open their hearts and share with the filmmakers (and in extent with the audiences) intimate thoughts, experiences, sorrows, and desires.