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Mary & Myself

Mary & Myself (Clip 1)

| 1 min

This short animated documentary tells the story of 2 Chinese Canadian women making their theatrical debut playing “comfort women” in Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. Jia Tsu Thompson and Mary Mohammed spend long hours rehearsing at Mu Lan Teahouse in Halifax, where they read their lines over and over, sip tea, and recount buried stories of war. As they diligently practise together and at home, they come to have their own personal catharses. Fusing activism and performance, the film honours the thousands of girls and women from Korea, China, Japan and the Philippines who were forced into sexual slavery—into providing “comfort” to soldiers in the Imperial Japanese military during the 1930s and ’40s.

  • writer
    Sam Decoste
  • director
    Sam Decoste
  • animator
    Sam Decoste
  • producer
    Annette Clarke
  • narration
    Jia Tsu Thompson
  • original music
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer
  • sound design
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer
  • sound recordist
    Alex Salter
  • dialogue editor
    Tristan Capacchione
    Tom Elliot
  • foley
    Karla Baumgardner
  • musician
    Dave Gossage
    Amanda Keesmaat
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer
  • digital animation assistant
    Lindell Smith
  • photo research
    Yi Wen Guo
  • translation
    Yi Wen Guo
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • music mix
    Luc Léger
  • online editor
    Doug Woods
  • assistant on-line editor
    Kevin Riley
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • technical coordinator
    Steve Hallé
  • production supervisor
    Candice Desormeaux
    Roz Power
  • production coordinator
    Stephanie Coolen
    Vanessa Larsen
  • marketing manager
    Melissa Wheeler
  • centre administrator
    John William Lutz
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
  • executive producer
    Ravida Din


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