Shorts: All About My Mother

01 December / 19:15

01 Dec / 19:15

Summerhall Edinburgh

Summerhall Edinburgh

03 November / 17:45

03 Nov / 17:45

esea contemporary

esea contemporary

29 April / 20:55

29 Apr / 20:55

Genesis Cinema

Genesis Cinema

A collection of short films that explore the nuances of the mother figure within LGBTQ+ families. With raw emotions and tenderness, these films investigate the complex emotional terrain of these intergenerational relationships. From a mourning mother’s attempt to rediscover her son, to a queer filmmaker turning the camera towards his family, the stories offer a glimpse into the struggles, triumphs and enduring love that shape the intricate bonds between mothers and their queer kids. 

Total Running Time: 97 min 


Jessie, a Chinese Canadian photography student takes on a self-portraiture assignment. After discovering the work of Cindy Sherman, she is torn to reflect on her own shifting identity and artistic voice, while juggling her role as a daughter to meet her her mother’s expectations. 

Alice Charlie Liu | Canada | 2022 |12min 

Skin Can Breathe 

After moving to America with his mother, a Cambodian teenager named Soda struggles navigating his queer identity both at home and within the awkwardly erotic nature of his school’s allboys swimming team. Finding no place to be, Soda seeks refuge in the water of the swimming pool. 

Chheangkea | US | 2022 | 11min 

A Good Mother 

Su-mi is a respected school teacher and proud mother of her daughter Ji-soo, who works as a human rights lawyer. However, Su-mi struggles to fully embrace Ji-soo’s lesbian identity, especially in front with their old family friends. 

Lee Yu-jin | South Korea | 2020 | 24min



Natalie drives back home with her childhood friend, Joanne, to celebrate Chinese New Year. But the supposedly festive and inviting family gathering is now tinged with animosity. Natalie finds herself juggling the growing affection between her and Joanne and the unnerving attention placed upon them by both their families.  

Jacqueline Chan | US | 2021 | 15min 

Rising Sun 

After the tragic death of her son, a grieving mother discovers an exam paper with his portrait, which she believes is a message from beyond. She embarks on a quest to unravel the mystery and find closure, hoping to have a chance to get closer to her child for one last time. 

Cheng Ya-chih | Taiwan | 2018 | 15min 


Will You Look At Me 

As a young Chinese filmmaker returns to his hometown in search for himself, a long overdue conversation with his mother plunges the two of them into a quest for acceptance and love.  

Huang Shuli| China | 2022 | 20min