Dallas VideoFest 27: The Search for General Tso
Dallas VideoFest will present The Search for General Tso, a feature-length documentary exploring the phenomenon of Chinese American food through the lens of America’s most popular Chinese takeout meal.
Anchoring the film is an upbeat quest, through small towns and big cities across America and beyond, to understand the origins and popularity of Chinese American food and its top-selling dish. Who was General Tso? And why do nearly fifty thousand restaurants serve deep-fried chicken bearing his name?
Using this Americanized dish and its mysterious mastermind as a lens onto a larger story of immigration, adaptation and innovation, the film follows a lighthearted journey, grounded in cultural and culinary history, through restaurants, Chinatowns, and the American imagination.