FRANCES-ANNE SOLOMON ||| Filmmaker | Writer | Producer | What My Mother Told Me
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“What my mother told me” is unique in that it is one of the few works produced by a Trinidadian woman about the paradoxes and survival strategies of Caribbean women.”


A Film by Frances-Anne Solomon
Channel 4 Television | 1995 | 5 minutes | Imdb

Written by Frances-Anne Solomon, Leonie Forbes, Adjoa Andoh

| with Leonie Forbes, Adjoa Andoh, Clarence Smith, Dawn Williams

|  Music by Andre Tanker | Cinematography Mike Spragg | Designer Christopher Pinheiro

Exquisitely beautiful and profoundly moving, WHAT MY MOTHER TOLD ME is a dramatic journey towards self discovery.
The story focuses on Jesse, a young woman from England, who goes to Trinidad to bury her father. Reluctantly she agrees to meet her mother, whom she thought had abandoned her when she was a child. Her mother tells her stories, revealing a troubled and violent marriage, and Jesse is forced to face the truth about her past.
WHAT MY MOTHER TOLD ME cleverly evokes complex connections between history, memory, violence and cultural identity.
 “Among some terrific short films in Planet Africa, What My Mother Told Me, by Frances-Anne Solomon stands out. Featuring electrifying performances by Adjoa Andoh and Leonie Forbes, the film evokes the almost unbearable pain of recovered memory…”



  • Toronto International Film Festival- Toronto Star, Best of the Fest
  • Comtemporary African Diaspora Film Fest. NY
  • Urban World Film Festival- Producer’s Choice Award
  • South Florida Black Film Festival
  • Twin Cities Black Film Festival
  • Caribbean Cinema: The New Arrivant, NYU