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Staceyann Chin is a poet, writer and LGBTQ+ activist who commands a room effortlessly with her hard-hitting poetry and spoken word that unapologetically centres around her politics. But the journey to finding her voice and activism was a tumultuous one, marked profoundly by her mother’s absence. Prompted by a recent discovery of unopened childhood letters addressed to her mother, Hazel, Chin begins an investigation into the past of a woman whose absence has shaped her poetry, politics, and relationship with her own daughter, Zuri.
As she uncovers shocking revelations about Hazel’s past, Chin goes into a web of dismay around her mother’s choices, constantly balancing the pain she still carries as Hazel’s wounded child, and the joy she has being Zuri’s mother. Excerpts from the mother-daughter duo’s popular web series punctuate intimate vérité snapshots of Chin’s unconventional approach to raising her child. A remarkable story of healing and forgiveness that speaks poignantly to the universal and core complexities of motherhood.

Distributor: NFB


  • Director(s)

    • Laurie Townshend
  • Producer(s)

    • Alison Duke
    • Ngardy Conteh George
    • Justine Pimlott
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Chanda Chevannes
    • Alison Duke
    • Ngardy Conteh George
    • Anita Lee
  • Writer(s)

    • Laurie Townshend
    • Alison Duke
  • Editor(s)

    • Sonia Godding Togobo
  • Cinematography

    • Mrinal Desai
    • Ashley Iris Gill
    • Gabriela Osio Vanden
  • Composer

    • Tom Third
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Promotional Partners

Community Partner: Toronto Poetry Slam

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