Mum, Grandpa, and Lear (excerpt), 2012, 3:06 of 7:16

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Mum, Grandpa, and Lear focuses on my mother’s emotional connection to Shakespeare’s King Lear, largely due to the recent decline and death of her own father. The relationship between Cordelia and Lear in the play resonates strongly with my mother as she recites and analyzes the verse. Re-filmed projections on scraps of paper introduce a cast of characters and scenes culled from my archive of familial recordings. The drama of Shakespeare’s masterpiece envelops and infuses her personal trauma, pointing to the enduring universal relevance as well as mainstream nature of the play.

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