PREMIERE - Mary & Myself by Sam DeCoste


The world premiere of Mary & Myself by Sam DeCoste is in Toronto at Hot Docs this weekend.  Sam is from Halifax, but she'll be in town for the festival. She's an emerging filmmaker and this is her first work with the NFB.

Sam will be in attendance for the screenings and doing a Q&A after the film.

Screening times and dates are below.
Sat, Apr 27 8:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3  
Mon, Apr 29 11:00 AM
Isabel Bader Theatre 
Sat, May 4 1:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
For more info on the Hot Docs screenings and to buy tickets click here.


Click here to visit the official NFB page for Mary & Myself



NFB Press Release

Mary & Myself is a story within a story, a meta-narrative about two Chinese Canadian women making their theatrical debut playing "comfort woman" in The Vagina Monologues.

Fusing activism and performance, this short animated documentary honours the thousands of girls and women from Korea, China, Japan and the Philippines who were forced into sexual slavery - into providing "comfort" to soldiers in the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy during the 1930s and '40s.

Jia Tsu Thompson and Mary Mohammed spend long hours rehearsing at Mu Lan Teahouse in Halifax, where they read their lines over and over, sip tea, and recount buried stories of war. As they diligently practise together and a home, they come to have their own personal catharses.

While Mary can't stop crying, Jia Tsu boils over in anger. In this imaginative animated world, the two good friends spin in circles of sadness, humour, and forgiveness in a gigantic teacup, and eventually ace their big night.

Running time 6:35
Written, Directed, and Animated: Sam DeCoste
Producer: Annette Clarke
Narration: Jia Tsu Thompson
Original Music and Sound Design: Judith Gruber-Stitzer
Sound Recordist: Alec Salter
Sound Editor Tom Elliot
Executive Producer: Ravida Din & Kent Martin

Copyright 2013 The National Film Board

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