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Unveiled: The Mother Daughter Relationship

Unveiled: The Mother Daughter Relationship is an entertaining, Genie Award winning documentary that follows three sets of mothers and daughters in the throes of planning and executing a wedding. Rich in vérité style cinematography and complemented by insightful interviews, Unveiled celebrates the relationship by presenting a close-up portrait of mothers and daughters who “tell all” in this candid and honest film. Sabina and Sheri – Sabina, a divorced 40-something divorce therapist, is not nearly as materially comfortable as her daughter Shari, who is in her early 20’s. Sabina shares a duplex with a friend; Shari owns her house. A relationship of conflicting expectations, disappointment, and bittersweet love, Sabina and Shari are a portrait of extremes. Ruth and Carline – Carline, a self-reliant young woman, has trouble sharing as much of her life with her mother as Ruth would like. Carline’s ’secrets’ make Ruth feel left out and left alone. And that is driving Ruth around the bend. Pearl, Rhonda and Heather – Pearl is getting married for the second time (her husband died several years ago). In a role-reversal, her eldest daughter Rhonda acts as her mother’s bridal consultant/confident and shepherds Pearl through the excitement and anxieties by orchestrating many of the plans. A bemused younger daughter, Heather, simply looks on. Unveiled, a richly textured documentary spiced with humour, pathos, frustration, resentment and love, explores the myths and realities of the relationship and cuts to the heart of the mother/daughter bond.

Mom's Home

Moms Home is a compassionate, humorous and tension-filled documentary about aging mothers and their grown daughters moving in together. The film telescopes in on mothers and daughters in the autumn of their relationship, still wrestling with all their conflicting emotions, difficulties and sometimes ill-fated commitment to do ‘what’s best’. Mom’s Home follows the stories of three mother daughter pairs who confront the issue of Mom moving in and living with her daughter, triggered by a father/husband’s death, a degenerative illness, loneliness and isolation or cultural tradition. It intimately documents the myriad of social adjustments and changing expectations that come into play when the mothers and daughters find their roles reversed and Mom becomes reliant on her adult daughters. Mom’s Home is entertaining and provocative and will capture the hearts and minds of all those viewers who are in the process of coming to terms with their aging mothers. The stories will also resonate with the audience’s fears about themselves – What’ll happen to me when I get old? How will I cope? And their children will be drawn to watching the recognizable family dramas as the film cuts through the mire of the mother/daughter bond.

The Forgotten Woman

Following the international success of Deepa Mehta’s Oscar-nominated film Water, which has achieved, to date, sales of over $15 million and more than 1,000,000 viewers, Ms. Mehta received thousands of letters from the audience. Set in 1938 Colonial India against Mahatma Gandhi's rise to power, Water is about eight-year-old child bride Chuyia, who is widowed and sent to an ashram where Hindu widows must live out their remaining days in penitence. After viewing the film, many wanted to know more about the state of widows in India today. The Forgotten Woman was made in direct response to this interest and aims to bring about an understanding of the destitution and marginalization of many of the millions of widows in India today, who are forced by age-old traditions to live out their remaining years isolated from and shunned by the society at large. The film explores how these widows, coerced by their families to give up their possessions, become non-entities in society. The Forgotten Woman aims to create greater awareness of the fact that in the 21st century, there are still numerous and wide spread issues surrounding women’s search for economic independence in order to attain a modicum of dignity, self-sufficiency and basic human dignity.
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