Award winning documentary filmmaker Kristof Bilsen will screen his new documentary feature Mother as a World Premiere at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, in competition for the International Award.
In a small village in Thailand, Pomm takes care of Europeans with Alzheimer’s. Separated from her children, she helps Elisabeth during the final stages of her life, as a new patient arrives from Switzerland.
Bilsen filmed Mother in Thailand over a three-year period in a centre for Westerners afflicted by Alzheimer’s. Their families leave them in the hands of Thai caregivers. One of the carers is Pomm, a young woman who tenderly watches over the elderly.
Kirsten Johnson, Exec Producer,, describes Mother as “a film full of unforgettable portraits of people navigating the most profound challenges. A haunting and gorgeous meditation. The film opens ways of thinking about what a mother’s role is, questions what we owe our children and our mothers, and most profoundly, asks how we can face life’s most painful conundrums with dignity.”
Kristof Bilsen, Producer and Director, says: “Mother is a character-driven film that allows us to explore the struggles of motherhood and the frustrations of being unable to care for our loved ones. It is the powerful connection between patients and caregivers that will challenge our preconceptions. Both Pomm and her patients are trying to recover the pieces of their lives that are gone, but through love and kindness they will learn to care for each other.”
Show times: PBS America Showroom Cinema 3 – Sunday 09 June, 21:30hrs and Tuesday 11th June, 14:25hrs. Kristof Bilsen will be in attendance with members of the team.