Suzanne, Suzanne + Daughter Rite
DIRECTOR: CAMILLE BILLOPS & JAMES HATCH
Camille Billops & James Hatch / 1982 / 53 min / 16mm
Michelle Citron / 1978 / 30 min / DCP
In both Daughter Rite and Suzanne, Suzanne, the directors excavate personal family traumas. Michelle Citron’s Daughter Rite uses a hybrid approach, mixing a montage of her family’s home movies with voiceover, interviews and scripted scenes shot to look like documentary of two sisters attempting to resolve long standing resentments while figuring out how to care for their hospitalized mother. Camille Billops and James Hatch made several movies centering on Billop’s family; in Suzanne, Suzanne, they present a devastating portrait of the artist’s niece, haunted by the abuse she suffered as a child and the passivity of the family members who allowed it to continue.
Suzanne, Suzanne co-presented by Third World Newsreel, Celebrating 50 Years of Progressive Media; Film courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Total Runtime: 83 mins