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.

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    • British-Columbia
    • Length: 9 min. 59 sec.
    • Director: Derek Kwan
    • Genre: Documentary
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    Pitch Video

    Two generations of moms and their journey in carrying on the family legacy through Vietnamese cuisine.

    Genre: Documentary
    Target Audience: All Audiences
    Target Length: 10 minutes
    Budget: $10,000

    Created By

    Derek Kwan ,  British-Columbia


    What started as a mom and pop Pho shop in East Vancouver has evolved into an eatery pushing the boundaries of Vietnamese fare. Meet the family behind Anh and Chi. “Mẹ”, meaning mom in the Northern Vietnamese dialect, follows Amelie Nguyen, as she helps run the family restaurant with her brother Vincent, along with their mom, Ly. The mastermind behind the restaurant’s flavours, Ly’s journey to Canada was one of risk and courage. Thirty five years and thousands of bowls of pho later, Ly passes on her values to the next generation through her food. As a new mom, Amelie must navigate the complex recipe of running a restaurant and a new family. For Amelie and Vincent, their parents were a symbol of hard work and strength. Anh and Chi is a symbol of their legacy.


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    Background on the origins of the restaurant and family.
    Story about the family in The Vancouver Sun.
    Music for and to inspire, the film.

    The Team

    Derek has a passion for docs. Heather has a passion for organizing. Together we are Pickles & Kered, foodie content creators that eat bread. We are looking to fill various production roles. Let us know your favorite Vietnamese dish.

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