Má Sài Gòn (Mother Saigon) is a love letter to the mosaic of queer lives in Saigon, a city that is as liberating as it is oppressive, like a comforting yet disturbing mother.
This documentary delves into the universal and timeless human yearning for love, acceptance, connection, and a sense of belonging.
At its core, the documentary revolves around the theme of family. Through the prism of queer experiences, it challenges preconceptions of familial bonds—through their connection to parents, chosen families, or the prospect of raising their own children. The documentary intimately explores the myriad ways in which queer love blossoms amidst societal challenges.
Director LÊ Khoa strips away the conventional elements of a documentary, leaving behind a cinematic work of art that resonates as a beautiful, bittersweet poem.
LÊ Khoa is a filmmaker, theatre director, and video designer based in Montreal. Lê explores the themes of identity, hybridization, and memory through different cinematographic genres.