In this fragmented and performative autobiography, the American multi-artist Garnett transforms an encounter with her Irish father, whom she had never met until then, into an investigative process of the images in a 1971 television documentary. In it, the patriarch is presented as the young protagonist of a forbidden interfaith romance (Catholic/Protestant), experienced in Belfast during the Troubles period. With the same queer inspiration that pervades her previous works, the director turns history into the motto for a reconstruction. Tensioning different margins, she forges identities while simultaneously reinventing them. (C. M)
Mariah Garnett is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA from Calarts in Film/Video and a BA from Brown University in American Civilization. In 2019 she was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in Film & Video in support of her first feature film, Trouble, which premiered at the London Film Festival and went on to screen at NYFF, CPH:DOX and HotDocs. Her work has been featured in in Bomb Magazine, Hyperallergic, Frameworks, Artforum, and The New York Times.
BFI London Film Festival
New York Film Festival