About the Film
Three Daughters, Three Quests, Three Legacies
Three daughters go in search of hidden pieces of their parents’ pasts, each on a quest to fill in gaps in their parent’s life story.
Karen believes her alcoholic father, a shell shocked World War One veteran, never loved her. When he dies, she decides to investigate the past. In putting together the pieces of the puzzle of his early life, she connects his experience on the battlefield "at age 16 fighting for his life," with her own on a football field in Michigan at age 16, "fighting for his love."
At age 10, Rebekah discovers her upper east side, stay at home mom was a child in the holocaust. Throughout her mother’s life, that past remained “a room of my mother’s that I wasn’t invited into”. Days before dying, her mother reveals miraculous and heartbreaking stories about her past. Rebekah embarks on a quest to find the pieces of her mother’s fragmented story. Can she reconcile the ordinary mom she knew with her discoveries about what her mother experienced and lost?
Feel Memory combines live action, archival recordings and interviews with the narrators, whose memories are portrayed in magical realist hand-painted animation, with colors that drip, layer and bleed into each other. The moving paintings are a visual metaphor for the act of remembering. The animation gives a vivid and visceral experience of what it is to remember and to be haunted as well as enriched by our memories.
As each daughter collects pieces of the puzzle of her parent’s life, she discovers unexpected fragments along the way. Can she build a fuller picture of who they were, reshape her memory of her parent and summon the hope and courage to envision her own future?
Memory is the story we tell of how we become who we are. Current scientific research shows that we can use the dynamic nature of memory to unshackle ourselves from our pasts. When we reshape our memories, we can change who we are and open up to wider possibilities of who we might become.
Memory. It’s the story we tell of our lives. It’s the story of how we each became who we are.
We pass our memories down to our children and it shapes who they are and who they become. It is our history.
We can’t get through the day without it, it strings one event to another yet we are completely unaware of it.
It makes its way into our dreams and our imaginations and helps us hope and plan for our future.
It can be beautiful and dark.
We don’t realize that everything we do depends on it until we lose it, or something goes wrong and we become trapped inside of it. It is always there, the backdrop supporting everything we do.
As powerful and as constant as it is, memory can change. It is dynamic, an act of creation. And when we change our memories, we change who we are.
Through three womens' powerful, personal stories, Feel Memory looks at the magic, mystery and power of memory as it guides our relationship to the past, helps us navigate the present and enables us to envision the future.