What My Mother Told Me

England, 1995, 57 minutes, Color/BW,

Exquisitely beautiful and profoundly moving, WHAT MY MOTHER TOLD ME is a dramatic journey towards self discovery. The story focuses on Jesse, a young woman from England, who goes to Trinidad to bury her father. Reluctantly she agrees to meet her mother, whom she thought had abandoned her when she was a child. Her mother tells her stories, revealing a troubled and violent marriage, and Jesse is forced to face the truth about her past. WHAT MY MOTHER TOLD ME cleverly evokes complex connections between history, memory, violence and cultural identity.


  • Toronto International Film Festival- Toronto Star, Best of the Fest
  • Comtemporary African Diaspora Film Fest. NY
  • Urban World Film Festival- Producer’s Choice Award
  • South Florida Black Film Festival
  • Twin Cities Black Film Festival
  • Caribbean Cinema: The New Arrivant, NYU

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