I Am My Mother’s Child
The figure of the mother is psychologically complex and artistically rich, as shown by these six shorts, which take a heartfelt look at a delicate relationship.
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Total running time 81min
Films in this programme
Les lèvres gercées
The demands of working life conflict with the needs of a young trans child, in this beautifully animated short.
Dir Fabien Corre, Kelsi Phung. France 2018. 5min
My Mama, a Man
A warm and funny take on gender as a daughter fulfills her mother’s wish to be a man for a day.
Dir Helena Middleton. UK 2019. 10min
Hands and Wings
A mother engages in a taboo but ultimately loving act to help her disabled son.
Dir Sungbin Byun. South Korea 2019. 18min
What Next Partner
Ibb Kya Kothie
An unusually intimate look at Indian gender hierarchies, in which a young girl copes with having a hijra mother.
Dir Neville Bhaskaran. India 2019. 13min
Sometimes it’s the children who must teach the mother to love, as revealed in this gorgeously-rendered portrait of a divided family.
Dir Faraz Arif Ansari. India 2020. 30min