directed by Derek Kwan
Documentary Short | 2018 | Canada | 10 min | Vietnamese, English
Mẹ, mother in the northern Vietnamese dialect, follows two generations of moms as they create a new dish for the family restaurant. Reimagining their parent’s pho shop, the next generation carries on the family legacy through Vietnamese cuisine.
Derek is an independent documentary filmmaker based out of Vancouver, Canada. His Short Documentary, Taste of Identity, was an Official Selection at the 19th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival where it was also nominated for Best Canadian Short. His latest film Mẹ, is a Short Documentary funded by Telus Storyhive and has won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Documentary at the 2019 Seattle Asian American Film Festival, as well as Best Short Documentary at the 2019 DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon. Derek is also a producer on the narrative short film Idols Never Die which recently screened May 2019 in Cannes as part of Telefilm's Not Short on Talent Program.