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A Letter To my Mother

Lila Pine

1999, 08:30 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 189.01

A Letter To my Mother is about Rachel's need to come to terms with events from her childhood, in particular her mother's inability to protect her from an abusive father.

In a direct address to the camera, Rachel attempts to respond to the question: "Who are You?" She begins by explaining that while she used to be insane, she is no longer. The light is turned off and her lover (off screen) asks: "Who are you?" She recounts with one version of herself after another, until the telling becomes too painful.

Her final question: "I wonder why you stay?" addresses at once the mother, the lover and the viewer.

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