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Mother’s Tongue

Gurleen is learning how to cook from her mother. When the lesson shifts towards being a good cook to service her future husband, Gurleen pushes back. The lesson ends abruptly with an argument. However, after witnessing a loving interaction between a young daughter and her mother, Gurleen reconciles with hers.

Vanesa Millado

Vanesa is a Toronto-based cinematographer of Chinese and Vietnamese descent, with a BFA in Film Production from York University. She speaks fluent English and Cantonese. Her experience in the industry is in both long and short format, throughout the feature, documentary, television, and commercial worlds.

Presented as Part Of FilmFund + 4Short Canadian Narrative – The Role of a Woman is Never Easy


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The film will play at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival (in September), the International South Asian Film Festival (in September), and the Boston Asian American Film Festival (in October).

Festival passes

This year, VAFF 2023 FESTIVAL, screening programs in person and virtual will be organized into various series in order to better highlight the diverse content in our festival. These Series include Spotlight Series, Documentary Features Series, Narrative Features Series, Westcoast Shorts Series, Canadian Shorts Series, International Short Series, Animation Series, VAFF Industry Insight Series and Special Events.

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Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9