Suckerfish clip from Lisa Jackson on Vimeo.

When she was ten, Lisa Jackson fled Toronto to live with relatives in Vancouver to escape her mother's depression, alcoholism and prescription drug abuse - legacies of the residential school experience. Now, sifting through her memories and her mother's letters, she constructs a portrait of a mother whose drive to love her daughter triumphed over her demons of addiction. Animation, childhood photographs and stylized recreations add the young child's whimsical voice to this moving, at times humorous, look at the director's relationship to her mother and native identity.

8 mins | Video | 2004

Distributors: Moving Images Distribution

60+ festival screenings, including Hot Docs, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Margaret Mead. See list below.

Broadcast on CBC, Knowledge Network, APTN.

"... an impossibly concise meditation on extremely complex issues of ethnic identity and kinship. Jackson finds the humor in the often heavy topic of heritage..."
- Melanie Turpin, Report on the 2004 Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival

"... poignant, tender, and relevant."
- Spirit Magazine, Winter, 2005

Worldwide Short Film Festival
Innoversity Creative Summit
Yorkton Film & Video Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Atlantic Film Festival
Edmonton Film Festival
ImagineNATIVE Film Festival
Winnipeg Aboriginal Film and Video Festival
Hysteria Women's Festival
Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival
Detroit Docs
American Indian Film FEstival
Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival
IMAGeNation Aboriginal Film & Video Festival
Australian International Documentary Conference
Berlin International Students Documentary Conference
Satellite Short Film FEstival
Palm Springs Native American Film Festival
Dawson City Short Film Festival
Moving Pictures Travelling Film Festival
Cine Las Americas (Austin)
Bringing Youth Towards Equality Screening
Jacksonville Film Festival
Native Voice Film Festival
Urban Shaman Gallery
Dreamspeakers Film Festival
Female Eye Film Festival
Montreal First Peoples Festival
Reel Venus Film Festival
Pärnu Int'l Documentary & Anthropology Film Festival (Estonia)
Rhode Island Film Festival
Dokufest (Kosovo)
Mostra Internacional do Filme Etnográfico (Brazil)
San Diego Film Festival
National Geographic All Roads Film Fest
Int'l Documentary Film Fest New Zealand
Black Earth Film Festival (Illinois)
Ojai Film Festival
Calgary International Film Festival
United Nations Association Film Festival (Calif.)
Riddu Riddu Indigenous Film Festival (Norway)
Museum of Ontario Archaeology Film Series
National Women's Studies Assoc. Conference (Chicago)
Native American Film and Video Festival (NYC)
Global Voices Int'l Documentary Film Fest (Harvard University)
World Performing Arts Festival 2006 (Pakistan)
Heard Museum Film Festival (Arizona)
Smithsonian Native Cinema Showcase (New Mexico)
Tabor Film Festival (Croatia)
Artsfest Film Festival (Pennsylvania)
WorldFilm 2006 (Estonia)
Washington DC Independent Film Festival
Women of Color Film Festival (Berkeley)
Society for Visual Anthropology/American Anthropological Assn. Film Fest (Washington, DC)
First Nations Film and Video Festival (Chicago)
Santa Barbara Museum of Art "First Seen" Film Series