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Country of Origin: Tanzania

My Mother’s Songs, is set in a particular part of the African landscape that examines inter-generational trauma. This theme is connected to Africa’s history of brutal colonialism, shattered dreams from independence, and chronic poverty. The film depicts a collection of traumatic experiences through the eyes of several young women desperately trying to make sense of their existence in a world where the lines of life and death are blurred.

“Often I hear how people reject the horror genre because there is already ‘so much horror in the world,’ or ‘if I want horror I will just watch the news.’ Those statements fail to take into account the concept that filmmaking is an art that can exist to help us discuss and begin to deal with real-world horrors. The news is meant to inform, but it does little to react to real-world issues on a more personal level. That’s what film is for. Horrible Imaginings is proud to announce the start of a new endeavor we are calling “Horror for Humanity”: an initiative to showcase, and eventually help fund, different films that choose to look at some of the darkness of existence and channel that darkness through creative expression. Thank you for joining me in expanding what we can do with genre cinema!”

-Miguel Rodriguez, director of the Horrible Imaginings Film Fesitval

“My Mother’s Songs” will be featured during the “Horror for Humanity” Short Film Block, starting at 4:45pm on Saturday, September 12th!

Part of Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego‘s full line-up! Get Full Festival Passes or single screening tickets HERE!


Director Bio: Erick Msumanje

Writer and director Erick Msumanje, is an award-winning filmmaker and recent recipient of the highly-competitive Princess Grace Awards for filmmaking. He strives to push the boundaries of cinematography, aesthetics, and storytelling. His other recent work includes a short film called THE DEVIL’S HOUSE, which is about a mysterious young man who takes a journey clouded in blurred memory, displacement, and trauma. Secondly, THE JOURNEY examines fear, racism, and violence from the perspective of a little boy in search of something that could potentially change himself and those around him. His work has screened at film festivals, online platforms, and television.

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