Director: Zoe Ho
Runtime: 15 Minutes
Language: Cantonese with Eng Sub
Description: TFree-spirited artist Ella survived cancer, but is at her wit’s end trying to win her controlling mother-in-law Margaret’s approval. On a seemingly ordinary Sunday, with her mother-in-law’s life in danger, Ella is compelled to risk revealing her truth to save her. Intergenerational dynamics spiral into hilarious chaos. This Asian family comedy explores our struggle to truly belong.
Screenwriter/Executive Producer: Zoe Ho
Producers: Zoe Ho & Samantha Saminguit
Cinematography: Marc Yungco
Production Designer: Rachel Yuezhang Qin
Composers: Emesto Cantillo & Miguel Ramirez Ahumada
Editor: Brian Nguyen
Bio: Born in Hong Kong, Zoe Ho’s worldview changed completely after moving to Canada’s Western Arctic. Cacti and Weed is Zoe’s first venture into directing, while also producing, writing and acting in the lead role of Ella. Cacti and Weed is inspired by Zoe’s personal story as a cancer survivor and first-generation immigrant. A multi-disciplinary artist and emotional wellness facilitator, Zoe specializes in resiliency and self-compassion.