Title:  Children of Invention
Category:  Features
Length:  86 Minutes
Filmmaker(s):  Tze Chun
Year:  2009
Country:  U.S.A.

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After being evicted from their home, the Cheng family finds that times are tighter than ever. Hardworking single mom Elaine tries desperately to find the means to support her young children, Raymond and Tina. They squat in a model apartment in an unfinished building outside Boston, but try to maintain a normal life. Elaine juggles a number of jobs, including working for a questionable pyramid scheme.

Meanwhile, Raymond and Tina become latch-key kids and find amusement in building childish inventions. In an unexpected test of resourcefulness, they are left to fend for themselves when their mother disappears. Based on Tze Chun's own award-winning short film Windowbreaker, Children of Invention is a drama about the influence of an adult world on children, the immigrant mentality, and shortcuts to the American dream.
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