Hot Docs 2022: Qs à la mode with… Tracey Arcabasso Smith (Relative)

In the deeply personal Relative, director Tracey Arcabasso Smith turns the camera on the women in her family to explore the silence and inaction around the sexual abuse she endured growing up. We posed our Qs à la mode to Tracey, and here’s what she shared.

If I had to describe my film using only five adjectives, they would be: 



”Honest, loving, disruptive, accessible, moving.”


The thing that surprised me most about my film’s subject(s)/topic was:




 “My grandmother opening up about her own experiences of sexual abuse for the first time in 87 years.”

My favorite moment/scene/sequence in my film is:




 “The narration of my grandmother looking at the super-8 footage that she shot 50 years prior.”

The toughest part of the whole shoot was:




 “Experiencing the deep resistance most of my family had around me making this film.”


My most invaluable piece of doc-making gear was/is:




 “The support network that carried me through the entire filmmaking process and experience.
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My go-to, get-me-through snack of choice for long shoots or epic editing sessions is:




 “I’m made of 80% dark-chocolate-covered almonds.”

 

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