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MIPTV Picks 2014: The Search for General Tso

There are close to 50,000 Chinese food restaurants across the United States, and one dish is practically ubiquitous – General Tso's Chicken. Yet the dish's namesake (the general, not the chicken) is a figure cloaked in sticky-sweet mystery to many who indulge.
March 21, 2014


Partners: Directed by Ian Cheney for Wicked Delicate Films; distributed by Cargo Films & Releasing
Length: 1 x 71 minutes
Premiering: Tribeca Film Festival, April 2014
Rights available: All rights worldwide except North America

There are close to 50,000 Chinese food restaurants across the United States, and one dish is practically ubiquitous – General Tso’s Chicken. Yet the dish’s namesake (the general, not the chicken) is a figure cloaked in sticky-sweet mystery to many who indulge. For those who are hungry for answers (or just plain hungry), this lighthearted film blends testimonials from chefs, historical scholars and food lovers to not only complete the picture of the man behind the recipe, but also examine larger topics, such as immigration and adaptation.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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