Once My Mother

Once My Mother

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Release Date: Saturday, 16 November 2013.

Directed by Sophia Turkiewicz.
Classification: Not yet rated, 75 mins.
Official Site: http://www.oncemymother.com

When Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz was seven years old, her Polish mother, Helen, abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Sophia never forgot this maternal act of betrayal. Now in middle age, as Sophia examines her troubled relationship with Helen, she discovers the story behind Helen’s miraculous wartime escape from a Siberian gulag, her subsequent survival against the odds and the truth about an historic betrayal involving Stalin and the Allies. With Helen sliding into dementia, Sophia must confront her own demons. Did she ever truly know this woman who became her mother? Does she have it in her heart to forgive her? And is it too late?

Peter Weir : 'An epic story of survival told against a backdrop of war and its aftermath. With consummate skill, Sophia Turkiewicz weaves the personal with the historical, giving depth and meaning to both.'

Bruce Beresford : ‘It is inspiring to see something made with passion directly from the heart. Sophia’s mother's story is amazing almost beyond belief and the interweaving of her saga with Sophia’s own story very deft, revealing and fascinating. It's a rare human story told with compassion and insight. Will touch people all over the world.’

Bob Connolly: “ONCE MY MOTHER is one of the most powerful and moving films I've ever seen – an exquisitely poignant journey of reconciliation.”