My Mother's Place
1990, 49:00 minutes, colour, English
Rita Fung is the granddaughter of Chinese indentured labourers brought to Trinidad in the mid-nineteenth-century. My Mother's Place is an innovative documentary focusing on the stories of the artist's mother. Now eighty years old and living in Toronto, Rita Fung has vivid memories of a history lost or fast disappearing. She conveys these with a distinctly West Indian frankness and storytelling style.
My Mother's Place weaves interviews with Rita Fung and four progressive thinkers, an autobiographical narration, home movies, and documentary footage of the Caribbean to explore the formation of consciousness of race, class, and gender under colonialism.
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