La Madre Buena (The Good Mother)

October 2017
a woman on a motorbike driving down a scenic road
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October 2017
La Madre Buena (The Good Mother) 2016
By Sarah Clift
5:30 minutes
A Mexican mother embarks upon an epic journey across land and through her politics, to find her son’s birthday request - a Donald Trump piñata.

All five minutes of this mother's heartwarming adventure put a smile on our faces. I mean, the Mexican countryside and Donald Trump piñatas, what isn’t there to love?

Lou Phelps, BFI NETWORK

La Madre Buena (The Good Mother)

About the filmmaker: Sarah Clift
Sarah has worked in commercial media as a Creative Director for 18 years, in London and Paris. She recently began writing and directing for film, and La Madre Buena (The Good Mother) is her debut short. The topical film has won and been nominated over 35 times including the BIFA Long List 2017, a host of Audience Awards and Best New Director awards. The film has screened in over 50 festivals worldwide including LIFF, Ann Arbor and Palm Springs and screened at the House of Commons and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts. It’s high profile buzz has found coverage from The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, The Monocle and the BBC. Sarah is currently developing new short film projects and has signed commercially to Academy Films. 
 
I wanted to look at a few things that were bothering me and create something smarter than taking a Trump piñata to the car park and helping him find a messy end. I wanted to create a portrait of Mexico you don’t often see out there, to offset the constant paper-selling stories of violence. 
 
Sarah Clift