What’s My Mother !#@$ Name (2007) by Amber Dawn
What’s My Mother Fucking Name (2007) (4:25) (Vancouver, Canada)
by Amber Dawn
What’s my Mother Fuckng Name is a short video poem that explores the puzzling and often hazardous task of being human. The narrator moves through issues of sex work, queer and feminine identity, class, immigration, consumerism, global health and quality of life. The dense narration is juxtaposed against a voyeuristic, bird’s eye view of a female bondage model struggling to be free from the ropes that bind her. Originally shot on black and white Super 8 film, this seven and a half minute video invites its audience to question ourselves and the world we live in.
Amber Dawn is an award-winning writer, filmmaker and activist based in Vancouver. Her works primary concern is the exploration of transgressive sexuality and feminism. Her memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir won the 2013 Vancouver Book Award. She is the author of the Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa, and editor of the anthologies Fist of the Spider Women: Fear and Queer Desire and With A Rough Tongue. Her newest book Where the words and my body begins is a collection of glosa form poems. She currently teaches creative writing at Douglas College and the University of British Columbia, as well as volunteer mentors at several community-driven art and healing spaces.