Mothers and Daughters


Clare Weiskopf
Screening time  
02.03. / Thursday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 5  
03.03. / Friday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 2  
What makes someone a good mother?

After the tragic death of her eldest daughter, Val left her kids and family behind and escaped into the Colombian jungle to search for her identity. Clare Weiskopf, the director of the film, was 11 years old at the time and couldn’t understand what her mother was looking for. Thirty years later, when she becomes pregnant, she decides to confront her mother, heal the wounds of the past and try to define motherhood on her own terms. She visits Val in her heavenly habitat in the Amazon region of Colombia and films her weaving bracelets in her timber hut, driving her moped to the market and cooking fish on a wood-burning stove. Why did Val hit the road when her two children needed her so badly? This is a fascinating tug of war between freedom and responsibility, with all the guilt and sacrifice they entail. Should you follow the accepted course, act selflessly and devote yourself to your children, or is your own life the most important in the end?


Clare Weiskopf

Clare Weiskopf is a filmmaker and journalist. She has spent more than twenty years working on social issues ranging from the armed conflict in Colombia and sexual violence as a weapon of war to the global spread of cumbia music. She was twice a winner of the Colombian National Journalism Award. Her last film Alis won the Crystal Bear and the Teddy award at the Berlinale. Her debut Amazona premiered at IDFA, was distributed in 11 countries and was nominated for the Goya and Fenix Awards. She is a founding member of Casatarantula and DOC:CO Distribution and Promotion agency and she has directed several documentaries and documentary series for TV channels. Clare has been a teacher of filmmaking in several universities and is frequently invited as a jury member in film funds.

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2016, 82'

Directed by:
Clare Weiskopf

Screenplay by:
Clare Weiskopf, Nicolas Van Hemelryck, Gustavo Vasco

Nicolas Van Hemelryck

Edited by:
Gustavo Vasco

Camilo Sanabria

Nicolas Van Hemelryck, Clare Weiskopf

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2016; Cartagena Film Festival 2017