THE MOTHER is an award-winning short film dedicated to the memory of Sandro Monico, my father. He was an accountant with a High School degree and a 9 to 5 job. But, more than anything, he loved movies. He showed me the beauty of filmmaking since I was a little kid, and, more than any other person, he encouraged me to pursue my career. He was my biggest fan.
Sandro passed away in 2002 from mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Strange to say, he never worked with asbestos. He was an accountant in a big corporation. And even though I know there was asbestos where he worked, I’ve never been able to prove any connection.
Driven by that lack of resolution, and in an effort to find a reason for my grief and anger, I developed a short film keeping in mind that truth is just the space between two people’s perceptions. And probably neither one is accurate.