This 45 minute video was created in part with funding from the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company. It was very loosely based on the short story I had written for Trinidad Noir. It is a haunting, non-linear visual narrative that observes a psychological engagement between a mother and her daughter.
Through experimental techniques, limited use of text and powerful still and moving imagery, you can glimpse the everyday actions and inactions of these two women, who are physically bound and confined to their house. They never occupy the same frame and conversations between them are few and spoken only in text.
These women struggle with departure, loss, intimacy, and betrayal. Comparable to a modern day “Miss Havisham,” the mother drifts around the house alone, and the daughter from time to time, scurries in and out and in-between spaces. Scorned by the rejection of an absent male, the mother often quarrels to herself.
The daughter, contentious from abuse, grapples with abandoning her mother to face the external world alone, or to continuously exist in the existential space to which she currently belongs.
Shooting the Video: Thanks to my very small cast!
Jaime Lee Loy
Setting up for the Dinner Sequence