Don’t Tell My Mother

26′ – Version française – English VersionNe dites pas à ma mère - Sarah Moon Howe

This first documentary by Sarah Moon Howe relates her experience as a stripper.
I began to strip when I was 22. I wanted to see and be seen. I wanted to explore my femininity through the eyes of others. I wanted to burn my wings, sense fear and come through it, night after night”

Over several years, the director filmed in black-and-white Super 8 what she discovered in this subterranean world.
Having graduated in psychology, I worked days in an institution where I took care of mainly schizophrenic women, and in the evenings, I’d slip on my sequined outfit and dance. I liked being in both of these worlds, these two facets, my experience of one fed the other.

This film is a testimony, a slice of life. It shows striptease from the inside with sincerity and poetry.

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A film by Sarah Moon Howe
Production and distribution: Memento Production
A Coproduction in association with Program 33 and ARTE France
With the support of the French Community of Belgium and of the National Cinema Centre
© 2003

Prizes and rewards

Official selection at the 2003 Venice Biennial (Section: New Territories).
Special Mention at Visions du Réel – Nyon 2004.
Prize for Best Documentary – Kino im Fluss/Cinéfleuve Festival – Saarbrücken 2004.