Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2021

Trace Your Roots

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On account of reticence to rehash past struggles or simply the passage of time over generations, understandings of one's heritage can be cloudy. This series of short films show how histories in Asia and America, as well as experiences throughout the lives of Asian Americans, are papered over, unearthed, and connected to the present moment. At its core, this program shows the irresistible allure of knowing one's own origins and the unique journeys that subsequently take place. From the cross-continental exploration of Finding Dohi to the contemplative An Uninterrupted View of the Sea, these films document discoveries both surprising and resonant.

Co-presented by The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and Seattle Taiwanese American Film Festival

Ru Wen was separated from her parents at the age of five. Forty years later, she is still unable to connect the fragmented pieces of her childhood. That is, until her youngest daughter Tiffany started asking questions. Armed with a pocket translator and a couple of Chinese names scribbled on a napkin, Tiffany travels from Toronto, Canada to Ru Wen’s birthplace of Taipei. What she discovers there begins to reverberate across her relationships with the women who have come before her.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    29 minutes
  • Language
    Chinese, English
  • Country
    Canada, Taiwan
  • Premiere
    PNW Premiere
  • Note
    English Subtitles, Closed Captions
  • Director
    Tiffany Hsiung