MY FATHER / 2016

Enmeshment is a psychological term that refers to blurred or absent boundaries between people. It’s a state of mind that is common in toxic relationships. My Father is a poetic contemplation of the parallels between its occurrence in dysfunctional families and in cults. In both, victims have a poor sense of self due to excessive dependency. This lack of structure informs the open-ended narrative, which is vague and hazy, mirroring an unclear identity. Throughout the seven minutes, there’s a sense of ritualistic sex, drug abuse, and violence, but it’s never overt, leaving the viewing unsettled and ambigious.

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