This inspirational first-person documentary will explore mother -daughter love from both sides of the camera as the director Judith Helfand embraces a series of spiritual life-cycle challenges and universal rites of passage.
She and her family honor all Jewish traditions, and the traditions frame this story. Helfand helps her mother to die at home, then has to deal with parting with her mother's "stuff." Seven months later, three months shy of turning 50, and 25 years post Helfand's DES cancer and radical hysterectomy, the director has to learn how to become a new (old) mother to an adopted newborn daughter.
Director Helfand is expanding a documentary short that was a selection of the NY Times OpDocs program into this feature-length film.