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Streams Flow From A River

15m Drama 2022

A freak snowstorm traps a dysfunctional Chinese Canadian family together in their rural hometown, forcing them to confront past events.

A freak snowstorm traps a dysfunctional Chinese Canadian family together in their rural Albertan hometown, forcing them to confront the past events that tore them all apart.

Directors Statement Streams Flow From a River is a story about surviving (with) family.

Chinese folks pride themselves on “eating bitterness” - bearing hardship and enduring suffering without complaint. It’s no wonder Chinese immigrants have lived on the prairies for more than a hundred years. What’s more bitter than a Canadian winter?

While that hardiness is what allows these families to survive, it’s also what can tear them apart. The traumas of overwork, racism, and domestic abuse flow from one generation to another, trickling down like streams. How do we talk to our parents about trauma? How does growing up in white spaces shape us?

Streams Flow From a River is a bridge between younger and older generations, opening up conversations about domestic abuse, cycles of pain, and the toll survival takes on us - not only for immigrant folks who grew up in Alberta, but for families everywhere.

Cast

Jane Luk (Diana Chow) , Simon Sinn (Gordon Chow) , Jinny Wong (Young Diana Chow) , Danielle Ayow (Loretta Chow) , Liam Ma (Henry Chow) , Raymond Chan (Young Gordon Chow)

Director

Christopher Yip

Writer

Leonard Chan

Writer

Lelinh Du

Producer

Shant Joshi

Producer

Abdul Malik

Languages

English, Chinese

Country

Canada