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Under the watchful eye of their vogueing mother, a young dancer from a favela in Rio de Janeiro finds acceptance on Brazil’s Ballroom scene. Set in a world where it is increasingly dangerous to be visibly queer, MOTHER is a coming-of-age story about the power of a chosen family.

Production :
NAGA Films and Try Hard
Distribution :
Jas Pitt Films, Try Hard and Venus Fly Trap Films
Music :
Pablo Scopinaro
Sound designer :
Odinn Ingibergsson
Editing :
Nse Asuquo

In competition for :

Quebec critic award AQCC

Grand Prize

Jury award

Best documentary short

Public award

  • Jas Pitt

    Jas Pitt works internationally as a director, with many of her films focusing on stories around queer identity. Jas started out as a documentary filmmaker working for NGO’s and aid organizations around the world. Her film ABRÁZAME looks at the imaginative worlds of three children growing up inside a Bolivian prison. It has screened internationally and picked up a number of awards. It was nominated for an IDA award in December 2018. Her most recent film Mother, shot with the LGBT+ communities in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, premiered at AFI DOCS (2020), and screened recently at BFI London Film Festival.

  • Kate Stonehill

    Kate is an award-winning director and cinematographer whose work explores power, identity and citizenship in the digital age. Her films have been screened internationally at film festivals and galleries including the BFI London Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Institute for Contemporary Art, AFI Docs, and DOC NYC. Judged as ‘innovative and original’ by the jury, her recent short film Fake News Fairytale won a Grierson Award and an RTS award. Her work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, Catapult Film Fund, Lush Film Fund, British Film Institute and Doc/Society and she is currently a fellow with the Logan Nonfiction Program.

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