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To the Surface

Single parenthood, especially single motherhood, is on the rise and the reasons can be found in causes such as divorce, accidental pregnancies and single parenting by choice.

In the UK alone there are around 2 million single parents, who make up nearly a quarter of families with dependent children. 90% of these are women.
But what are the struggles and challenges faced by single mothers?

To the Surface takes a look at this issue, by following “Let’s Talk” in London, one of the worldwide gatherings organized and led by Mela Murder, New York based choreographer, dancer, actress and single mother, recently starring in the movie The Florida Project by Sean Baker.

Overcoming a childhood marked by the death of her biological father and a troubled adolescence, Mela Murder, throughout the film, unveils her relationship with the past and the future.

As the mothers join the gathering, we participate in a narrative made of their personal experiences struggling with mental and emotional health, and their hopes and advices.

  • Maria Maida
    Jimmy, Unconditional, Pickles, Biryani
  • Michele Vicenti
    Stories of Stones, Conspiracy Side, Ferraghost
  • Michele Vicenti
  • Maria Maida
  • Mela Murder
    Key Cast
    “Mela Murder”
    The Florida Project
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 13, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director - Maria Maida, Michele Vicenti