New Jersey International Film Festival

Leave Nothing Behind, The House on Carter Road & Safe

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Leave Nothing Behind – Stephanie Schwiederek (Somerville, New Jersey)

An intimate and visceral portrait of the filmmaker’s immigrant mother, her journey to America from Czechoslovakia, and their shared experiences of precariousness living in a motel for thirteen years. Leave Nothing Behind is a documentary film that is deeper than a narrative of my mother’s life, the motel, and our relationship. The film exhibits the schisms and failures of the American dream, a hopeful vision that evidently turns into disappointment. It expresses the condemnation of women in systems, and patriarchal constructs that leave no room for us to progress and thrive. It illustrates the intimate and visceral relationship of mother and daughter within the family structure, while considering the notions of resignation and conflict. 2021; 56 min.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    56 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Stephanie Schwiederek
  • Screenwriter
    Stephanie Schwiederek
  • Producer
    Stephanie Schwiederek
  • Cast
    Anna Schwiederek, Stephanie Schwiederek, Andrea Carlson
  • Editor
    Stephanie Schwiederek, Dennis George Link