MOTHER, I AM SUFFOCATING – Review by Diane Carson

Shot in the small, landlocked African country of Lesotho, encircled by South Africa, Sivan Ben Yishai intermittently reads a letter to the mother of the title, both a person, the motherland, and the continent. Steeped in such metaphors, the black-and-white images enhance the documentary qualities with the central character, a young woman, carrying a wooden cross through streets and landscapes. Crowded areas and children playing alternate with close-ups of this individual whom many stare at with curiosity.

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