Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Have Sofa, Will Travel

Tonight at Port Los Angeles' Peninsula College, Sonya Rosario will introduce a screening of her recent documentary Idaho's Forgotten War. She will also preview a most intriguing next project titled The Sofa Diaries.

Rosario is planning to release that film in 2016. If at all possible, she should consider timing the movie's arrival to coincide with Mother's Day.

From the filmmaker's website:

My documentary begins as a video journal, documenting my travels and encounters with women from all walks of life and different ethnic groups. My traveling companions are an old Victorian sofa, a student intern and my trustworthy minivan. It begins in front of a statue of one of the most famous mothers, Sacajawea, holding her infant son in Boise, Idaho, and from there on to Salt Lake City, Portland and Seattle to interview mothers and daughters, sitting on my mother’s Victorian sofa.
They share their powerful stories, capturing each mothers and daughters interesting, funny- and often complex- relationships. Can a daughter be guided by her mothers “Life Road Map”? And can a daughter change the pattern of her lifestyle that has been cemented for generations by simply coming to know the truth?

That's Rosario's mother in the photo above, sitting on the co-starring sofa. As the filmmaker explained to Peninsula Daily News features editor Diane Urbani de la Paz, it was on that piece of furniture one day that mom told Sonya she was divorcing dad, after 36 years of marriage.

The sofa is named Gloria, in memory of Rosario's mother. Rosario is showing her film Idaho's Forgotten War - about Kootenai resident Amy Trice's mid-1970s battle with the U.S. government - again Friday at Peninsula College.

Other events at the school include a poetry reading by Rosario today and a keynote speech and reception Thursday. The couch will be present at the latter event.

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