Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue

Directed by Eris Qian 

Type of Project: Drama
Length: 9:52
Producer: Kevin Wang, Eris Qian, Reinhard Yin, Lexi Alyssa Loh, Lexi Preiser
Editor: Eris Qian
Cinematographer: Prashanth Kamalakanthan
Sound Design: Yingjia Lemon Guo  

A second-generation Chinese American woman pieces together the memory of her mother's last days when her mother had lost English due to Alzheimer's, while she doesn't speak Chinese.

Lost in language yet without words, she finally connects to her mother's heritage as well as her own roots.

Eris Qian
Eris Qian


Eris Qian is based in New York City and considers herself a global nomad. Born and raised in China, she lived and studied in 5 continents to explore her passion and creativity. During the process, she directed and produced a number of documentary shorts in Virginia, Athens, Hong Kong, Tibet and Shanghai.

With the diverse cultural background, Eris is drawn to tell stories of global cultural heritage and diaspora, and especially the pan-Asian experience. Her documentary work was rated the first in non-scripted category on prime time national TV, and she was also featured TEDx as an opinion leader. Having decided to focus on fictional films, she is now pursuing MBA/MFA dual degrees at NYU’s prestigious schools of Stern and Tisch.

Prior to filmmaking, Eris graduated from University of Virginia with a degree in Media Studies, and spent one year at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum as a video producer.