An elderly female narrator revisits her youth, telling the story of her sister Mable, a poor farm girl who reads classic literature to their abusive father, struggling mother, and family of seven sisters and brothers, helping to forge a new existence for them for generations to come. An experimental solo-screendance short, Generation is shaped by a script consisting entirely of two nearly identical voice-over monologues, echoing each other at various points and driving and chasing the film's visual images. Generations of stories are symbolically intertwined in these images, representing memories of the past and visions of the future for these women and their unknown female descendants. Generation is about memory and storytelling and windows in time. The story is inspired by the life of the filmmaker Pamela Woolford's octogenarian mother, Sadie Woolford, who appears briefly in the film. Sadie grew up in rural poverty-stricken areas of North Carolina in the '30s, '40s, and '50s, where ...
A Story of Art, Healing, Love, and Escape.