Red Wine Chicken focuses on a Vietnamese bride, Ah Jiao, married to a Malaysian man living in Bukit Pelanduk, in the state of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. The documentary focuses on their relationship with Ah Jiao reflecting on her place in her family. Weaving the story around Fuzhou red wine chicken, a traditional delicacy, family and food, this work dwells on the different ways people relate to each other.
Grace Chung Lay Woei is a Malaysian female filmmaker who studied for a Foundation in Arts (2018) and has a Bachelor of Communication (HONS) Broadcasting (2020) from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman. She was an assistant editor and camera assistant for Just Another Production (JAP), which focuses on weddings. She was also the Director of Photography in the documentary “What Yasmin Left Behind” (2019), commemorating the Malaysian female director who passed away 10 years ago. The documentary was screened on “Yasmin Ten Years On” at GMBB. She is the director of Red Wine Chicken.
This documentary was inspired by our producer’s aunt, Ah Jiao, the main protagonist in this documentary. We made this because there is some discrimination and stereotypes towards women who come to Malaysia as brides and that a younger generation of Malaysians are also starting to lose interest in inheriting the recipes of the traditional cuisines of their cultures. We had the purpose of wanting the audience to understand that true love can be found in many ways even if they are uncommon and get the audience to think that we shouldn’t forget our cultures and traditions.
Angel Yuen Yi Qian is a Malaysian female filmmaker who studied for a Foundation in Arts (2018) and Bachelor of Communication (HONS) Broadcasting (2020) at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman. She is the producer of Red Wine Chicken. She is also an assistant editor in Rev Asia Sdn Bhd. The inspiration for this documentary is Angel’s aunt, Ah Jiao, the vietnamese mail-order bride in the documentary.