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The Quiet Brother is an intimate portrayal of three generations of a Chinese family struggling with immigration and separation before, during and after the infamous Lambing Flats Riots of 1861.
In 1860, an ambitious Canton man Ah Lung, sets out to New South Wales with his son in search of gold and new opportunities. His loving wife Ah Toy and their young daughter await in Canton for word of the auspicious occasion when they can reunite. In 1880, Murrumburrah, NSW, a Chinese man Henry reveals his violent past to his 13-year-old nephew, James. He teaches him to be a fighter and instills in him a sense of Chinese pride. His sister Lily, on the other hand, believes the only way to survive on this land is to blend in and assimilate. But when Henry and Lily discover that James is struggling with their lifelong feud - over the values of the East and West, over notions of identity and pride - they are forced to confront their own demons and heartaches, and together, reconcile with the lost dreams of their late parents Ah Lung and Ah Toy.
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