The Story of Mothers and Daughters (streaming #4)

We are adapting this documentary into a musical for the stage, “400 Mothers and Daughters”(working title).

  • 18 songs.
  • 18 different mother/daughter(s).
  • 18 different stories.  Every one a true story from this documentary.
  • 18 different dramatic moments in the life-long journey from cradle to grave revealing the truths, the changes,  the pains and pleasures of the mother-daughter bond.
  • Thank you to the 400 real women and girls we interviewed for this documentary.  Their honest words always sounded like music to us.

for more info on the musical:

From cradle to grave, from perfect to painful, “The Story of Mothers and Daughters” explores the mother-daughter bond in intimate detail and epic scope; revealing a life-long core experience within every woman’s life. From over 400 interviews, the film follows 40 women and girls in key moments of the mother-daughter relationship; a diverse group of American women of every age, race, and experience. From birth to death, these stories from ordinary American women define the mother-daughter bond as it endures and changes over a lifetime.

Minute by minute, we see a series of moving individual mother/daughter stories; yet by the end, the cumulative effect reveals a universal mother-daughter story that is true for us all: the cycle of life, a repeating pattern of comings together and drawings apart; the union of pregnancy followed by the separation of birth; the sweet closeness of childhood to the stormy estrangement of adolescence; the reconciliation and sharing during adulthood yielding to aging, passing away and eventually to the renewal of the coming of next generation.

Produced and Directed by
Catherine Ryan, Gary Weimberg, Judith Leonard
72 min.
(45 minute classroom version also available)
(no subtitles, no close captioning – sorry, will get to that soon!)

for more info on this documentary:

video file: 1147_M&D_HD EXPORT-Vim

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