In Her Name | The Liberation and Motherhood Paradox

Sarah Carter’s debut film released on Tribeca Online

Written by

Annie Bush

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Sarah Carter’s brilliantly witty, starkly beautiful film, In Her Name, will be available to stream on Tribeca online tomorrow. The film– Carter’s directorial debut and recipient of the Audience Award at Tribeca earlier this year– gently and humorously treats a family ensconced in an intergenerational battle with forces sometimes beyond their own control, following two adult sisters as they grapple with the repercussions of their deceased mother’s addiction, their father’s terminal diagnosis, and their own seemingly inescapable habits– casualties of their lots in life, perhaps, as women, mothers, daughters, and sisters.

The film, which tenderly weaves universal motifs of filial affection and obligation with cultural motifs hyper-specific to Los Angeles, is partially inspired by the story of Huguette Caland, a Lebanese artist who fled Beirut in the mid 1970s, leaving her husband and children to pursue a career in art in Paris. Sarah Carter is interested in the paradoxes between liberation and motherhood, between free will and fortune, and uses much of the film to highlight the ways in which paradoxes must operate to keep a family together. Additionally, Carter, who has borne witness to the difficulties of addiction within her family firsthand, gently braids together strands of her own experience as a woman, as an artist, as a mother, with the experiences recurrent to women across the globe. Starring two mothers themselves– actresses Erin Hammond and Ciera Danielle– In Her Name presents a cinematic, sweeping portrait of the feminine and artistic condition, predicated on true-to-life experiences.

Tribeca Online, the platform streaming In Her Name,  is available on Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, and as a standalone app on IOS and Android. 

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