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MOTHER TONGUE (母语) is a portrait of a Chinese American family in which the consequences of a mother’s decision to leave her young daughter in the care of a white American “homestay” family are slowly unearthed over the course of a family dinner.

Inspired by the “parachute kids” he knew growing up, writer/director Johnson Cheng explores the emotions of a daughter who is allowed to reunite, briefly, with her mother and attempts to make a connection with her.

MOTHER TONGUE (母语) will be filming on location in the San Gabriel Valley in June 2019.