Good Grief

Marjorie Beaucage

1993, 15:31 minutes, colour, English


About this personal documentary, Beaucage says, "Making this video was like the making of medicine for me and my family. It is a reflection about mourning and loss and how we lived the first year of grief after my brother's death. I made my peace with my brother in making this video. It is also an exploration in terms of putting the very personal into a public realm. Because there are twelve of us, there is contained here a wide range of responses to sudden death and loss which may resonate for others as they reflect on life and death, separation and healing. I interviewed my family at the one-year anniversary giving everyone space to reflect on how they had lived their grief. I structured the material into sound choruses to duplicate the experience of being in a large family and trying to be heard as well as expressing the fog of confusion one feels in the state of grief. The images and memories are my statement."

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