M! Mom, Madonna & Me

Atif Y. Siddiqi

2000, 54:00 minutes, colour, English


"The beautiful are given mirrors and allowed to love themselves. As they polish their souls, they spark remembering in others"

M! Mom, Madonna & Me opens with this quote from the Sufi poet Rumi. In this very personal exploration of identity, the narrator-filmmaker looks for reflections of himself and finds them in the images of his mother, a Pakistani homemaker and Madonna, the international pop icon. On his journey toward self-love and maturity, he sees how his gender identity and professional life have been framed by his admiration of these two women. Dramatizations of intense personal events from the past 15 years demonstrate how the dreams and ambitions of Mom became the filmmaker’s own. From a schoolboy in Pakistan, to a fashion designer in Los Angeles, to a performance artist and filmmaker in Montreal, M! traces the filmmaker’s personal journey as he lets go of judgement, both about himself and others and grows to self-acceptance and self-love. With this new sense of acceptance he develops the ability to love others as he never has before.

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