A FILM BY LUIS MOLINIÉ
Short Film – Québec – 2023 – 17 min
Color | French, english and spanish English subtitles | 2:39 | 5.1
Exiled in Montreal, alone, for years, Mamita returns to Peru, to her slum of Laderas de Chillón. She was able to free herself for a short week in order to attend her daughter Mari’s imminent wedding. She returns for the same reason why she left; to take care of her loved ones. She distributes toys and school supplies to the children of her village who are in need, gives money from her hard work in Canada to her family and community. She works hard at preparing the wedding, for days on end, alongside the women of her village. The celebrations are short-lived. She is struck by the inevitable: soon she will have to leave Laderas and her beloved daughter in order to return to work and thus continue to provide for those she cherishes. Her perpetual efforts and dedication, as well as the sacrifice of her exile, all weigh on her.
Mamita is a short film about self-sacrifice, about the self-denial of an immigrant woman and about the constant repression of the pains that come with such sacrifice.
Carola Escobedo Giron, Heather Loreto
DIRECTOR : Luis Molinié
WRITER : Luis Molinié
PRODUCERS : Sarah Mannering & Fanny Drew (Colonelle films)
CINEMATOGRAPHY : Yannick Nolin
PRODUCTION DESIGN : Catherine K. Pelletier
SOUND DESIGN : Samuel Gagnon-Thibodeau
EDITING : Justine Gauthier
MUSIC : NA
Driven by a desire to transmit different perspectives on the stories of migrant populations, I undertook the creation of Mamita in order to give a voice and a singular approach to the collective and unique experience that I wished to represent.
As an immigrant myself, on Quebec soil, of Peruvian origin, I experienced, as a child, a significant event during my first stay in Lima, a few years after my family’s exile. I was able to perceive, even if I did not yet understand the dimension, the sacrificial aspect of this life-changing choice. And this not only for my little nuclear family, but also for the loved ones left behind for whom my parents had become providers. Moreover, during this too short trip, there was question of the imminent marriage of one of my cousins. My mother, like all the other women in the family, was busy with the preparations for the wedding. A strange feeling struck me. It seemed sad that my mother was always working and not fully enjoying the brief time she had with her family. I understood later that this need to lend a hand to those we love, at the expense of quality time without the obligation to work, was an injunction, a heavy injunction.
With a concern for authenticity and realism, adopting a formal naturalistic posture, I immersed myself in the daily life of the protagonist, Mamita, during her return to her home in the community of Laderas de Chillón, inviting the people from this village to participate in the filmic process. In this way, the portrait of this proud and altruistic, but deeply damaged woman, was portrayed in an evocative and singular way, immersed in the unique reality of Laderas.
Mamita is therefore a film about the weight of exile and the heavy feelings that we carry for those left behind; those we leave behind to better support them.
Luis Molinié is a screenwriter and director born in Peru and a Montrealer by adoption. He has developed several short films, including Just Me and You, which won the Crystal Bear for best short film at the Berlinale and the Iris for best short film at the Gala Quebec Cinéma, among other awards. He is currently working on the development of two feature films, Entre oui et non and Un beau grand bateau, as well as on several short films. Mamita is the first film project he has directed.
ET PUIS, AMÉLIE EST PARTIE I 2019
JUSTE MOI ET TOI I 2019
SEUL(S) I 2014
L’OLIVIER I 2014
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
Gala Prends Ça Court !, 2023 *BFL CANADA AWARD *VITAL PRODUCTIONS AWARD
Festival REGARD, 2023