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What My Mother Told Me
England, 1995, 57 minutes, Color/BW, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99066
Exquisitely beautiful and profoundly moving, WHAT MY MOTHER TOLD ME is a dramatic journey towards self discovery. The story focuses on Jesse, a young woman from England, who goes to Trinidad to bury her father. Reluctantly she agrees to meet her mother, whom she thought had abandoned her when she was a child. Her mother tells her stories, revealing a troubled and violent marriage, and Jesse is forced to face the truth about her past. WHAT MY MOTHER TOLD ME cleverly evokes complex connections between history, memory, violence and cultural identity.


  • Toronto Film Festival
  • Comtemporary African Diaspora Film Fest. NY
  • Urban World Film Festival
  • South Florida Black Film Festival
  • Twin Cities Black Film Festival
  • Caribbean Cinema: The New Arrivant, NYU

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    A haunting and memorable film. The acting is outstanding with excellent cinematography and a beautiful musical score. It could be used to spark discussions on any number of relationship issues or be viewed just for its touching and intriguing story.
    Library Journal

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    The Leda Serene Website
    The producer of the film. Contains more information about the director, Frances-Anne Solomon, and her projects and films.

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