Why might a woman want to become a mother at any cost? And why might another not be interested in persons born using (and carrying) her dna? Two women – two strangers – set out their thoughts on the notion of motherhood, and the universe that surrounds it. Their parallel narratives share a similar starting point: both were involved in donation arrangements – the collection of genetic material at IVF clinics. Mommies centers on questions arising out of IVF treatments that make use of donated genetic material, and the women’s serapare narrations together form a singular discourse.
Greece , 25 min., 2022, Greek with Bulgarian and English subtitles
Script: Maria Sidiripoulou, Elvira Krithari
Directors: Maria Sidiripoulou, Elvira Krithari
Cinematography: Maria Sidiropoulou, Myrto Tzima
Music: Yiannis Veslemes
Production: Thunderbird Productions
Elvira Krithari is a journalist. Elvira has worked as a freelancer for foreign and Greek media (DeCorrespondent, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, Inside Story, etc.) as well as Athens Live and Solomon, as an editor-in-chief (2019). Since 2020, she has been working for the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), as a news reporter and investigative journalist.
Maria Sidiropoulou is a producer and director of short documentaries. She enjoys experimenting with visual storytelling while exploring topics of gender as well as anthropology and human rights violations. She has worked as a researcher and field producer for Greek and international documentary platforms and media.