Mẹ is a documentary short directed by Vancouver-based film maker Derek Kwan that has been officially selected and screened across eight North American cities in 2019, winning Grand Jury Award Best Short Documentary at SAAFF, Best Short Documentary at DISORIENT, and Best Canadian Short Nominee at NORTHWESTFEST. 

Seattle Asian American Film Festival
Seattle, WA, United States | February 23, 2019
Grand Jury Award - Best Short Documentary

DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon
Eugene, OR, United States | March 16, 2019
Winner Best Short Documentary

42nd Asian American International Film Festival
Brooklyn, NY, United States | July 31, 2019
New York Premiere Official Selection

Vancouver Short Film Festival
Vancouver, BC, Canada January 26, 2019
Official Selection

Edmonton, AB, Canada | May 5, 2019
Alberta Premiere Official Selection, Best Canadian Short Nominee

Spokane International Film Festival
Spokane, WA, United States | February 1, 2019
Official Selection

Houston Asian American & Pacific Islander Film Festival
Houston, TX, United States | June 23, 2019
Texas Premiere Official Selection

Oregon Short Film Festival
Portland, OR, United States | February 23, 2019
Official Selection 

Mẹ, which is ‘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. 

Runtime: 10 minutes 14 seconds | Completed: August 7, 2018
Country of Origin: Canada | Country of Filming: Canada, Viet Nam
Language: English, Vietnamese

Mẹ was made possible with a grant from Telus Storyhive and the creative vision and commitment of Derek Kwan, thank you.

Written by Anh and Chi Admin

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