The same maternal bond that binds four generations of women carries on the trauma of the war, but gives the weapons to heal it in the end.



A MÍ means "for me", but also "to me." "I have fled my whole life," says the director, granddaughter and daughter of survivors of the Holocaust. Now she herself is a mother and tries to unravel the confusions of the four generations of mothers and daughters, in order to finally find for herself "to herself". A MÍ tells how the stresses of trauma and flight carried by many people are transmitted at the most intimate level, and shows a path out of this inheritance.



Director's Statement :



"I am convinced, that the film can show a way to face the silence, recognize what impact trauma can have on a family, and trust that this is no damnation. I want to show the relief when this weight is not passed on. I want this film to make a difference for mothers, daughters, traumatized people and their successors. And I think that my personal-personal style can allow the audience an intimacy with the story, and gives a chance to experience this cathartic path.“


A mí

Italy/ Germany/ France 2017, 67 min, Feature Documentary - New Release

Written & Directed by: Caterina Klusemann
Produced by: Caterina Klusemann Filmproduktion, ZDF, ARTE
Filming locations: Germany, Israel, Italy, Mongolia, Ukraine, Venezuela
Language: Italian, English, German with English subtitles

DVD Release Date:01 January 2019

Synopsis


The same maternal bond that binds four generations of women carries on the trauma of the war, but gives the weapons to heal it in the end.



A MÍ means "for me", but also "to me." "I have fled my whole life," says the director, granddaughter and daughter of survivors of the Holocaust. Now she herself is a mother and tries to unravel the confusions of the four generations of mothers and daughters, in order to finally find for herself "to herself". A MÍ tells how the stresses of trauma and flight carried by many people are transmitted at the most intimate level, and shows a path out of this...

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  • “Visually beautiful, heart breaking, compassionate and a thoughtful discussion of memories, trauma and motherhood. With powerful layers of meanings encapsulated in the title. A MI as the mirror image of the title of Caterina`s first film (Ima), as well as the Hebrew word - AMI עמי- – which means "my people". ”
    Liat Benhabib, Director of The Visual Center at Yad Vashem