Time is relentless. I'm worried, watching a puddle of water invisibly evaporate before my eyes, asking myself what will remain as I deal with the fallout of an ancestry that is slowly, mercilessly vanishing from this earth. I miss their bodily presence but that's not the only sorrow I feel. I grieve the loss of guided wisdoms, collective histories and the stories I was never told. Filmed over a period of two months in late 2008 as I helplessly watched my mother lose her battle with cancer.
The single channel video Capsule is a personal journey as well as an urgent inventory of the precious, final moments I wished to collect and suspend in time. Past blends with present as bedtime stories, children's toys and old photographs attempt to counter the distressing reality of syringes, bandages, get-well cards, and the last birthday we celebrated together as a family.

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Shereen Soliman

Essay, Canada, 2010, 5 min 28 s, colour, English

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