My Mother's Place

Richard Fung

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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Critical Writing

Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists
by Mike Hoolboom. Coach House Books, 2008.
Praxis, Praxis, Praxis: Richard Fung's active illuminated histories
by Brian McCormick. Gay City News, Jan. 18, 2007.
Richard Fung: Richard Fung's active illuminated histories
by Gabrielle Hazekiah. BOMB, Winter 2003, no. 86.
Like Mangoes in July: The Work of Richard Fung
by Helen Lee and Kerri Sakamoto. Insomiac Press, 2002.
Remaking Home Movies
by Richard Fung. Subclip, Winter 2001, no. 7.
Good Clean Fung: Retrospective des oeuvres video de RICHARD FUNG
GOOD, CLEAN FUNG: Retrospective des oeuvres video de RICHARD FUNG, 1997. Montreal: OBORO, 1997.
The Art of Calculated Risk: Richard Fung's Dirty Laundry
by Peter Steven. POV, Spring 1996, no. 29.
The Art of Calculated Risk: Richard Fung's Dirty Laundry
Can-Asian Perspectives: A Film and Video Series Exploring Asian Experiences in Canada, 1992. London: The Canadian High Commission and Bazaar Magazine/South Asian Arts Forum, 1992.
My Mother's Place: Richard Fung's Dirty Laundry
by Ramabei Espinet. Fuse, Winter 1991, v. 14, no. 3.
Fearless Fung taps race complexities
by Cameron Bailey. Now, May 24, 1990, v. 9, no. 37.
Character Study: An Interview with Richard Fung, whose video work...
by Karl Soehnlein. Outweek, Oct. 17, 1990, no. 68.
Fine local product deserves new and improved exhibition: Best of 1990
by Cameron Bailey. NOW, Jan. 3, 1990, v. 10, no. 17.