A documentary made by Sky Neal from Satya Film. Filmed over 3 years it’s inspired by loving and intimate letters between a mother and her transgender son’s journey, during the three years of his transition.

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After our World Premiere at BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ in March, we are thrilled it has been released on The Guardian Documentaries and is on their spotlight.
It will also be showing at 5pm on 7th July at the Bristol Pride: Queer Vision Film Festival. Book your tickets here.

Through candid personal letters exchanged over three years, Dear Mamma follows Naissa as he stands firmly for his independence and identity, and Daniela as she wrestles with her fear of losing a child.

As Naissa embarks on his professional dance career and proudly embodies his gender, his mother also embarks on a journey of understanding and acceptance of her son’s choices.

Director and Producer: Sky Neal
Protagonists and Letters by: Naissa Essart Nielsen, Daniela Essart
Editor and Sound Designer: Dara McLarnon
Cinematography: James Hughes
Additional Cinematography: Sky Neal
Choreography: Naissa Essart Nielsen
Main Contributor of Music: Bea Brennan
Post Production: Sound/Image Cinema Lab at Falmouth University
Executive Producers: Lindsey Dryden, Charlie Phillips
Executive Producers for The Guardian: Lindsay Poulton, Jess Gormley
A Guardian Documentary

Photo by Gabriella Piccaluga