VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL | Dates to be Announced in Feb 2024

37th Annual | VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL | Dates to be Announced in Feb 2024



US Premiere

Mom is a documentary exploring the emotionally turbulent conversation between a son and his estranged mother. Mexican Tzotzil director Xun Sero resents his mother for his upbringing, significantly marked by his father’s absence. Through a conversation between the two, unspoken truths are confessed, repressed emotions unleashed, and mother and son truly see each other for perhaps the first time. The revelation of the abuse faced by his mother uncovers Sero’s own violent tendencies towards women, the first being his own mother. The documentary addresses issues of violence and strives to stimulate a social conversation regarding the shame that keeps victims silent. 

This film is part of the Indigenous Cinema of the Americas Series presented by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This film is part of The Highlighting Cinema of Mexico Focus supported by Mexican Cultural Institute in D.C.

This film is also part of the Mobile Cinema Series is presented by UVA Arts: supported by the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts.


Friday, October 21


8:00 PM


Market Street Park

Film Info

Director: Xun Sero

Runtime: 80 min.

Year: 2022

Country: Mexico

Language: Spanish & Tzotzil

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Hilda Rodríguez