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Mah Jong Orphan

Directed by Honey Fisher
Canada, 1994 (documentary, 45 minutes, colour, English)

Film Description:
"A real life film focusing on the widening chasm between a Chinese mother, Suzan, a first generation immigrant, and her daughter, Lilly, who is eager to fit in with her Caucasian friends and rejects her mother's values. Suzan talks of her disappointment at Lilly's choice of a non-Chinese husband, while Lilly, to her own surprise discovers a need to pass on her cultural heritage to her son, who eventually heals the rift between the generations."
-- WorldCat (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Produced by: Honey Fisher
Film Editing: Van LaPointe
Music: Kirk Elliott
Production Company: Fishtales Productions, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Quote about Mah Jong Orphan

"Mah Jong Orphan explores the sometimes strained relations between a Chinese-raised mother and her Chinese-Canadian daughter. [...] [Honey] Fisher obviously managed to ensure a level of trust and intimacy between herself, her camera and her subjects, so the audience participates as an appreciative voyeur, only too pleased to be part of this familiar mother and daughter's generational tensions, as familiar as our mother's perfume. What's going to click with our festival audience [at the St. John's International Women's Film Festival] is the way Fisher maintains a sense of humour about the serious business of maternal disapproval [...]."
-- Noreen Golfman (source)

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