Streams Flow From a River to Premiere in Canada


Fae Pictures’ Streams Flow From a River, a selection for Canneseries’ 2023 short-form competition, is slated to premiere in Canada on Super Channel Fuse on April 1.

Created by writer and director Christopher Yip (FISH BOY), the series highlights the invisible struggles faced by Chinese-Canadian immigrant families as they try to make a home in the West by following the dysfunctional Chow family, owners of a laundromat in rural Alberta, who are trapped together by a snowstorm and forced to confront events that tore them apart.

Through this, the series shines a light on the history of Chinese immigrants in Canada, who, since the 1880s, have prospered in the rural Canadian heartland by working jobs nobody else wanted: owning restaurants, liquor stores and laundromats.

Streams Flow From a River is the first Canadian series to be helmed by an all-Asian writers’ room and an 75 percent East Asian crew, led by producer Shant Joshi (Framing Agnes, Porcupine Lake). The series will debut on Super Channel Fuse, available via Apple TV and Prime Video, on April 1, and will later screen at Canneseries on April 18 at Espace Miramar.

Streams Flow From a River is a proof-of-concept for the progressive strategies that we have advocated for in the Canadian and global screen sectors: authenticity being our North star for high-quality content, with cast and crew who connect with the story to go above and beyond to bring their best work on screen, and connecting that content with audiences who understand the experiences of our characters as a foundation to build intrigue and word-of-mouth,” said Joshi, president of Fae Pictures. “We are eternally grateful to the hard work of showrunner Christopher Yip and the cast and crew behind the production, as well as the team at Canneseries for recognizing the quality of the series. We feel privileged to be part of a moment in the telling of groundbreaking Asian American stories, from Pachinko to Everything Everywhere All at Once to Riceboy Sleeps, to name a few.”

“My hope is that, through this series, we can air out the dirty laundry within our community on the topics that are taboo—such as homophobia and alcoholism—so that through having these conversations we will be able to move towards healing,” Yip said. “I’m thankful to Canneseries for recognizing this project and the nomination for the short-form competition.”