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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.

Jay Bernard

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Total running time 81min

Films in this programme
  • Image from Les lèvres gercées, Dir Fabien Corre, Kelsi Phung

    Les lèvres gercées

  • Image from My Mama, a Man, Dir Helena Middleton

    My Mama, a Man

  • Image from Hands and Wings, Dir Sungbin Byun

    Hands and Wings

  • Image from What Next Partner , Dir Neville Bhaskaran

    What Next Partner

  • Image from Sheer Qorma, Dir Faraz Arif Ansari

    Sheer Qorma

  • Image from Shéár Avory: To Be Continued, Dir Abram Cerda

    Shéár Avory: To Be Continued

Film 1

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

Film 2

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

Film 3

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

Film 4

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

Film 5

Sheer Qorma

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

Film 6

Shéár Avory: To Be Continued

After years in foster care, Shéár has emerged as a thoughtful young activist. But their transition depends on consent from an increasingly complicated relationship with their mother.

Dir Abram Cerda. USA 2019. 26min

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