A place to call home.
Instead of interviewing the families, co-producers Saraid de Silva Cameron and Julie Zhu allow them space to speak for themselves. It’s an approach that elicits humour, intimacy and emotion, with a parent sometimes sharing a story their adult child has never before heard.
Part of the intention was to help each understand the other’s journey, says de Silva Cameron, who was born here and whose mother came as a child from Sri Lanka (Zhu came to New Zealand from China when she was four). “A lot of the kids translate for their parents. Not so much the language, but the cultural vernacular – how [as people of colour] to move in a space or communicate with Pākehā.”
Another commonality is the tension between older migrants wanting to retain the culture of the country they’d left behind and the need for their children to create a new identity of their own. “Some things you let go of, some you hold onto,” says de Silva Cameron. “And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”