My Mother Was Here (2019) Best Documentary, Audience Award, 2019 Tacoma Film Festival
Donna is 84-years old. She lives alone on the property she’s owned for over half a century in rural Washington State, with a mobile home and a house that are both cluttered with junk. She exists on a school bus driver’s pension, social security, and Medicare. She’s never had a credit card, never voted, and never flown on an airplane. Quietly stubborn, she is estranged from all surviving members of her family, except for one–her son, the filmmaker–who rarely visits her. When her health begins to fail, she calls on him.
“Beautifully shot, excellently edited and so raw and personal and tender it held me from start to finish.”
–Jane Winslow, Co-director and Programmer, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival“
A poignant portrait. The way the story unfolds…is particularly affecting. Lovely.” –True/False Film Festival
“Extremely high quality and emotionally wrenching.” –Social Justice Film Institute
“Highly rated!” –Hot Docs Film Festival
In this story of resilience and hope, writer-director Ann Hedreen traces the unlikely connection between the people of an asentamiento humano (human settlement) on the outskirts of Lima, and her great-uncle, a Swedish-American pioneer of the modern Peruvian fishing industry. The film shows how a single act of generosity ripples forward and backward through time, improving lives in the present and adding new understanding to the role of an outsider in the history of a country.
View the trailer here.
“(A) highly watchable personal video documentary.” -Chicago Reader
“Standout documentary.” -Village Voice
“Both polished and provocative.” -Chicago Sun-Times
“A fine work of memory, delicately crafted and suitably humble.” -The Stranger
“Highly recommended.” -Library Journal
“Poignant, occasionally humorous…attention-grabbing visuals.” -Booklist
“Three and a half Stars. Recommended.” -Video Librarian
“Imaginatively and beautifully filmed.” -Seattle Art Museum
“Elegant, understated, patient…a fine documentary.” -New Orleans Times Picayune
“Their best, most emotionally moving film to date.” -Seattle Times
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