Streams Flow From A River
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.