arts • 12 May, 2017
Watch: The Cat’s Mother
Saigon’s very own ‘fairy catmother’, Le Thi Quy captured on film
Forty years of your life is a lot to dedicate to anything, but that's how long Le Thi Quy has spent in the devoted service of the unwanted cats of Saigon. Sensitively captured in Australian filmmaker Andrew Piggott and producer Doan Phuong Ha’s new short, ‘The Cat’s Mother’, Quy's story has just been featured on Nowness, an online platform showcasing the best in creative, cultural filmmaking from around the world.
Managing to put the viewer at 'cats-eye level', Quy’s adopted children - each one a treasured love - are given a gravity by Piggott we don't always see. The result is a film that is not only an intimate portrayal of Saigon's strays, but the study of a woman - equally as mesmerising as the cats in her care, and an elegant snapshot of life in the alleys of Saigon. Kudos to Andrew and Doan.
Watch it now below:
Words by jonaspin