A Cure for All Things

Jiawei finds a vial while cleaning out her late mother’s fridge that transforms her into their ancestors and descendants. Ma worries she made a mistake uprooting their lives and leaving everything behind. Mother and daughter cross paths through time to find answers in each other. A Cure for All Things is a story of what we leave out and what we leave behind.

Credits / Collaborators / Cast

Writer/Director: Katherine Chou
Producers: Mel Mah, Frances Rubio, Katherine Chou
Director of Photography: Shanhuan Manton
Editors: Katherine Chou, Clifford Corigliano Jr.
VFX & Color: Clifford Corigliano Jr.
Production Design: Jeana Yejin Cho
Production Sound: Joseph Barlak
Post Sound: Garrett Peters
Hair & Makeup: Jocelyn Chou
1st AC: Kathy Choi
Stills: Rosanna Peng

Jiawei – Terry Hu
Ma – Christine Liao
Grandmother – Debbie Chou
Peasant – Ewan Chung
Zara – Tatyana Komaguchi

The story behind the film

A Cure for All Things was inspired by questions of who our ancestors and descendants are, and how they are often different from the monolithic history we’re told; questions of what is omitted or lost between generations. It’s a look at the cleaving act of immigration and how it reverberates further than expected.

But it’s also a reflection of how life straddling multiple cultures can be bizarre and feel like science fiction. You exist in an ambiguous liminal space that waxes and wanes depending on when and where you actually are. At times, it can feel like you are in multiple places and timelines at once.

That line between the everyday and the existential is where this story lives.


Genre: Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Drama
Country: USA
Language: English / Mandarin Chinese / Taiwanese
Length in minutes: 6’30”
YEAR: 2020