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A Film by Kristof Bilsen

82 minutes

Scene Selection • Closed Captioned

Grades 10 - Adult
Item #:MOM-1199

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Executive Produced by Oscar-shortlisted Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson, Dick Johnson Is Dead)
Selected as one of 2020's Best Documentaries by Video Librarian

"A radical achievement: a love letter to loss, sacrifice and yearning. This is intimate observational documentary-making of a high standard. Five stars"
— The Guardian

In a small village in Thailand, Pomm takes care of Europeans with Alzheimer's. Separated from her children, she helps Elisabeth during the final stages of her life, as a new patient arrives from Switzerland.

Pomm has sacrificed being close to her children in order to earn a better living. Meanwhile in Switzerland, a family prepares to say goodbye to their mother; a woman who has developed Alzheimer's in her 50s. Both Pomm and her patients are trying to recover the pieces of their lives that are gone, but through love and kindness they will learn to care for each other.

MOTHER is an intimate and moving observation that explores the struggles and expectations of motherhood and the frustrations of being unable to care for our family members. The film celebrates elder care professionals while lamenting the sacrifices often required to earn a living in the developing world, highlighting the ways in which the geopolitical North continues to perpetuate centuries of economic and social imbalance. Special care and consideration is also paid to the immense sacrifice and difficult decisions that can plague families attempting to provide adequate care for their loved ones.

As two narratives collide in this extraordinary confluence of international circumstances, the powerful connection between patients and caregivers challenges preconceptions and celebrates what it means to be, and have, a mother.

FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT: "On a universal level, the fascinating stories of Pomm, the strangely peaceful constant presence of the patients Elisabeth and Maya, will invite us to meditate on care in this globalised world.

There is also a personal motivation for making this film. My own mother slowly forgot her past. The process of forgetting advanced imperceptibly slow and thus was also an exercise in acceptance for her and us as a family to eventually letting her go. I invite you to watch this film, immerse yourself in it but most importantly to appreciate the tension and conflict in what motherhood, what caregiving actually means in this day and age.

It's easy to say, 'We should all care for our loved ones,' but when push comes to shove it's really more complex and difficult. The world we live in is very demanding. The film urges us to reflect on what it mean to have to be a caregiver for your partner, your children, your parents...and what possibilities or limitations are in this demanding and complex world we live in."
Kristof Bilsen

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