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Ma’s Kitchen

A heartfelt coming-of-age drama about family, culture and identity.


Debbie Vu’s semi-autobiographical short drama film is a heartfelt and intimate exploration of a mother and daughter’s relationship and the importance of culture and identity. Set entirely in the mother’s kitchen, the film is a small, yet powerful work that conveys the love and frustration at the heart of their shared story.

The acting is superb, led by Carolina Do and Natalie Tran, who deliver nuanced and heartfelt performances as Mai and Vi respectively. Their chemistry is palpable, underscoring the warmth and importance of family and culture.

Culture and identity are prominent themes in the film, underlying Mai’s determination to instill in her daughter a sense of pride in their Vietnamese heritage, as they prepare and cook delicious Vietnamese cuisine. The lack of English spoken by the mother speaks volumes, emphasising her struggle as an immigrant in the United States. The cultural nuances are seamlessly woven into the fabric of the story, creating a rich tapestry of family dynamics and heritage.

The cinematography by S’alfrico Watson-Grant is also noteworthy, with a keen eye for detail and framing, imbuing the film with a warm and welcoming charm.

Overall, Debbie Vu’s short drama film is a coming-of-age tale that will resonate with many immigrants and their families. With its endearing and relatable story, nuanced acting performances and skillful craftsmanship, this film is a triumph that speaks to the heart of what makes us who we are.

Ma's Kitchen Short Film


Runtime: 12 min
Language: ,

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