Close to Home

Libby Hague

2006, 25:29 minutes, colour, English


Close to Home fictionalizes a small-town news item of an infanticide. The father shoots his son, then himself. At some point the mother runs from the house. We are asked to imagine what it's like to be the woman who ran away.

Uneasy with sensationalized media depictions of family violence, this video focuses more on what we can expect of each other – how our sense of community is predicated on assumptions of decency in others and how we are fascinated and afraid when that expectation is violated. That's why this revolves around the most basic of obligations – that between parent and child.

The story is retold by the unreliable and conflicted parents while the narrator and chorus struggle to balance contending desires for vengeance and justice.

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