Motherland: Doris Yeung’s Feature Debut

Filmmaker Doris Yeung’s feature debut, “Motherland,” is a reaction to her own mother’s violent murder.  “As an artist, I used the impact this had on me personally to create a fictional world in which I imagined the worst that might have happened and attempted to translate that to the screen.”

After a long absence abroad, a young Asian American woman, Raffi Tang (Françoise Yip) is called home when her estranged mother is murdered. She finds herself drawn into a web of deception by her stepfather (Kenneth Tsang) and his right-hand man (Byron Mann).

At the same time she is struggling with investigative incompetence and her own grief. Raffi is forced to confront some long-buried truths in her family. For her the American Dream came at too high a price.

Doris Yeung (1977) was born in San Francisco and raised in Hong Kong, SAR and California. A graduate of UCLA and the Beijing Film Academy, she was also a directing fellow at the American Film Institute. Her short film DANCE won the Worldfest Houston award for Best Short.  Yeung’s other experimental and narrative shorts have been screened at the Directors’ Guild of America and the Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco).