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It Runs Deep presented by Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival presents four stories by Asian Canadian filmmakers about our deepest connections to family, friends, communities and the land. Whether addressing an urgency to document ancestral knowledge or search for kinship, these filmmakers delve into the craft through a relational and embodied practice. Reel Asian aims to support and nurture Asian creatives through the media arts. Stay updated on Reel Asian and its upcoming 25th annual film festival in November 2021. Learn more at

A daughter’s search for her mother’s birth parents in Taiwan unravels the complex tensions between love and sacrifice. Captured over 14 years and across two continents, this is a story about recovering familial history, healing inherited pain, and understanding that love comes in many forms.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    29 minutes
  • Language
    English, Mandarin
  • Country
  • Director
    Tiffany Hsiung
  • Producer
    Tiffany Hsiung
  • Executive Producer
    Lesley Birchard
  • Co-Producer
    Priscilla Galvez
  • Cinematographer
    Jason Lee Wong, Eugene Weis, Tiffany Hsiung
  • Editor
    Xi Feng, Ricardo Acosta
  • Composer
    Tom Third