Sunday, March 9, 1997

When Mother Comes Home For Christmas…

San Francisco Art Institute

Co-Sponsored by NAATA
Special Admission $7.50 for non-members of Cinematheque or NAATA

Indian filmmaker Nilita Vachani’s new documentary is a portrait of Josephine, one of thousands of women in developing countries forced to abandon country, home and family in order to support the family they leave behind. While her own children grow up in an institution in Sri Lanka, Josephine, a single mother of three, earns the salary to support them by taking care of a young child in Athens, Greece. At Christmas both mothers return to their families, Josephine for the first time in eight years. Vachani’s camera sensitively explores this emotional and economic web of relationships and the dramatic effects of the international domestic labor market on Josephine, her children and the maternal bond. An award-winning filmmaker, Vachani was assistant director on Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay and currently lives in Greece. (Programmed by Irina Leimbacher)