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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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