Written and produced by Myra Sito Velasquez
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Synopsis

16mm B&W, 16 minutes, 2001. A mother's strange habit. A grandmother's silence. A daugther's unheard cry... All witnessed through the eyes of a daughter yet unborn, MOTHER'S BLOOD is the story of a young Chinese American woman struggling to break the bonds of her family's emotional legacy before they break her.

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"MOTHER'S BLOOD employs artistic imagery to explore the relationship between a mother and her daughters. This sensitive and genuine film is moving and beautifully put together."

— Gena Hamamoto, VCFilmFest, Recommended Shorts

"MOTHER'S BLOOD tells a vivid and profound story about a childish mother -- unwitting, unaware -- who, with innocent selfishness, uses her three daughters in ways that damage and maim them. For adolescents struggling with their own developing personalities, this film has multiple benefits. It is enlightening to see the familiar pattern of mother-daughter dynamics told with such clarity and heart. Additionally, because the story takes place in the context of the Chinese American culture, it universalizes and broadens our understanding of family dynamics."

— Florence Weintraub, Educator, Offsite Educational Services/The Door

"This film is mesmerizing, so layered with unexpressed feelings and subtleties. Deep, thought provoking and brutally honest. Thank you for bringing this gem into existence."

— Gail Bradney, Business Writer

"Brilliant!"

—Nicole Franklin, Award winning Filmmaker, Producer & Editor

" Really impressive work, deserving of all the awards it received."

— Joe Kim, Director/Programmer, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

"Stunningly beautiful!"

— Stephanie Friedman, Open City Films

 
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"Myra Velasquez's debut short film MOTHER'S BLOOD is a tour de force of a mixed genre experiment: mockumentary meets the eternal mother-daughter tangle with a dollop of film noir that is absolutely mesmerizing from start to finish."

— Susan Hamovitch, Director, WITHOUT APOLOGY

"MOTHER'S BLOOD is a fascinating, riveting film about the unconscious legacy of crippled self esteem passed on from generation to generation. With wonderful, evocative performances by all the actresses, this debut film by Myra Sito Velasquez pulls you into this very private world of mothers and daughters, making it almost impossible to stop you from combing your own history to find equally hidden agendas lurking in your own past. Directed with a mature, sure hand, MOTHER'S BLOOD feels lush and yet, at times, sterile in its peek behind the living room curtains of just another house in pseudo-serene suburbia. I loved it the way that I love a good painting."

— Francesca Rizzo, President, CineWomen, NY

"A beautiful film, touching, intense, so real and intimate. Loved also the B&W. "

— Sandra Nevistich, VP/ Group Art Supervisor, H4B Chelsea

"A wonderful film! And the camera work, directing and acting: all so great!"

— M. Makishima, Writer

" Wow. Great film, very personal and touching. Great cinematography. The sound and music also work well, giving the piece a moody feel, like a memory".

— Raymond Yeung, Filmmaker, Cut Sleeve Boys