Tuesday, April 30, 1:30 PM
A vivacious force of nature, actress and filmmaker Sarah Polley’s mother Diane died when her daughter was just 11. Only recently Polley discovered that her mother took to her grave a secret that alters her family’s dynamic and causes a seismic shift in her own life. In the wake of this startling revelation, Polley embarks on an investigation into her mother’s life and her family’s history, pulling into it her many brothers and sisters; her dad, actor Michael Polley; her mother’s friends and others who knew Diane in ways that Sarah could not. Polley intersperses these observations with Super 8 footage of Diane alone and amidst the large, blended Polley clan, images at once nostalgic and bittersweet that tell one kind of tale while the secrets that Diane kept to herself suggest a different narrative altogether. The dictum goes that there are three sides to every story; yours, mine and the truth. Polley demonstrates the veracity of that in her first documentary as she confronts the past and manages to articulate wider ideas of how people confront their personal histories while telling the very particular story of her own.
Special support for this program generously provided by the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco.
Co-presenter: Open Show