Interview with Filmmaker Barbra Coco Laurre (Do You Remember Your Mothers Hands)

“Do You Remember Your Mothers Hands” was the winner of BEST FILM at the January 2022 DOCUMENTARY Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

As I tell in the film, I was always afraid of my mother’s hands. It was a big surprise in my mid-twenties to realize that not everyone grew up with that kind of fear.

Many years later the idea popped up making a film about the big impact mothers have, shown through their hands and our perception of them. And still some years wet on since I had no idea about how to make film.

But I wanted to follow up my idea all the way, didn’t want it to be just another idea that never happened.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

It took a couple of years. Mostly because I knew nothing at all about film, camera, cutting, nothing at all about the practice process. It has always been a mystery to me (and still is) how to make films, so first I had to take some film classes. And learn the very basics.

The corona came and postponed the process. But once I got really into it was done in a month.

3. How would you describe your film in two words!?

Tuff love!

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Time – with a full working schedule it was challenging to find time to dive in to the creative process of filmmaking. And the sound. When recording I sometimes didn’t get the sound right. And since every interview only was shot once a lot of good stuff had to be drop because of too bad sound quality.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I was really very touched. It was a great surprise. I was moved by these great people – that they have taken the time to watch the film and then even to talk about it. I was also very touched by their positive and respectful attitude in the way they reflect and shared their reviews.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

Well, I am not sure I have realized that. This is my first film ever. But its really great fun. So I would love to make more.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

I really like the film Back cat- white cat – its long ago I have seen it though.

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

I am happy for what you already did. Can’t think of anything – maybe lack of imagination from my side..

9. You submitted to the festival via Film Freeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

It’s great. Easy to work with. And great fun with the positive responce.

10. What is your favorite meal?<.b>

At the time its Poke Bowl, with plenty of mango and fresh greens.

11. What is next for you? A new film?

Probably a book. And afterwards a film about the book, and then maybe a book about the film about the book😉.

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival www.wildsound.ca

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