Vivek Shraya

A black-and-white photo of a young Indian woman with long hair wearing a bindi, overlaid with red text: HOLY MOTHER MY MOTHER.

Holy Mother My Mother

Holy Mother My Mother is a short film by Vivek Shraya, a portrait of motherhood filmed during the 2013 Navaratri festival (the Goddess festival) in India.

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Running time:7′15″
Aspect ratio:16:9

Illuminating and evocative.

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  • McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)
  • University of Toronto, UTM Campus (Mississauga, ON)
  • University of Toronto, St. George Campus (Toronto, ON)
  • Brock University (St. Catharines, ON)
  • University of Toronto, UTSC Campus (Scarborough, ON)
  • Peterborough Public Library (Peterborough, ON)
  • Sheridan College (Oakville, ON)
  • Laurier Brantford (Brantford, ON)
  • Queer City Cinema Festival (Regina, SK)

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Indira’s Goddess

Everyone who attended the launch of Holy Mother My Mother received a special edition print of “Indira’s Goddess.” Inspired by the film, the artwork was printed on high-quality archival paper, hand-cut, and signed and numbered by the brilliant artist—Rajni Perera.

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