M. M. Serra

Mary Magdalene (1991) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

This is one of the very few and one of the most important films on child abuse that has been made in the history of cinema. -- Stan Brakhage, May 5, 2000 Edited by M. M. Serra and shot by Peggy Ahwesh, Abigail Child, and Tom Chomont. "This is Freud's Dora told by Dora: a fresh revelation, a successful voyeurism. We are allowed to sit on three therapeutic sessions to hear the confessions as M. M. reenacts her past: becomes demure, becomes hurt, disassociates. Her "Mum" is indicted: peasant, barely literate, wanting her daughter to be happy, "to be married" as she says in her last letter. The irony is immense: defining the abuse as secret shame, never confronting "Mr. Goertler," Mum wishes her daughter to attain social liberation in the shape of a happy (mythic?) marriage." -- Abigail Child

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