MOM

Synopsis
MOM is a short documentary about a man who reflects on the tradition of absent fathers in his family and how he wants to break that trend as he prepares to be a father.

About the Story
The prospect of impending parenthood ignites a truth-seeking missile in Ryan Singh soon to be father of...twins. This multi-faceted producer uses his art to examine a painful relationship with his own father. Recognizing a pattern of betrayal he explores the various perspectives of victims and perpetrators of this complex characteristic behavior innately prevalent in the Caribbean culture. This storyteller is taking us to a new place engaging the viewer to stop supporting this negative behaviour on a quest to improve their respect for the sanctity of love & marriage.

  • Ryan Singh
    Director
    Fried Bakes and Dumplings, Unharnessed
  • Ryan Singh
    Writer
  • Ryan Singh
    Producer
    Rasta: A Soul's Journey
  • Cheryl Nelson-Singh
    Key Cast
  • Enid Singh
    Key Cast
  • Ryan Singh
    Key Cast
    The Breadwinner, Downsizing
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 15, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Guyana
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Reelworld Film Festival
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    April 8, 2013
    World Premiere
  • Caribbean Tales
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    September 11, 2013
    Best Short Documentary
  • GATFFEST
    Kingston
    Jamaica
    June 15, 2015
    Official Selection
  • Filmi
    Toronto
    Canada
    December 5, 2015
    Official Selection
  • ON Film Fest
    Toronto
    Canada
    December 11, 2016
    Closing Night Film
Director Biography - Ryan Singh

Guyanese born, Ryan Singh is an Actor, Director, and Producer. In 1993, Ryan immigrated to Canada, focused on becoming an Actor. He began developing his own projects, producing for stage, television and film. Forming a strong community network he started acting, directing, producing, and advocating for the Arts. Through his company Ryan Singh Enterprises, Ryan’s works as a performer or creator have shown on CityTV, Global TV, CTV, Rogers TVPlanet Africa in Canada, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, Netflix, Amazon, in the US, as well as several notable channels across the Caribbean.

As an actor Ryan has appeared in such films as Alexander Payne’s Downsizing (Matt Damon), Faisal Lutchmedial’s “Mr. Crab” which was a top 9 Canadian finalists for CBC’s Short film Faceoff in 2013, Sydney Furie’s “Conduct Unbecoming” and Sasha Moric and Matthew Bennett’s action film “11 Blocks”. He also stars in Ryerson University’s thesis film, Fireworks.

As a director, Ryan has worked with such projects as “Curse of Ham”, “Sweet Sweet Karaila”, and “Sex, Relationships and Sometimes...Love” for the stage. In addition, Ryan directed for Obya Entertainment the talk show pilot “All Out”, web series pilot “Unharnessed”, which received an O'Brien Award nomination for Outstanding Broadcast and “Fried Bakes and Dumplings” which won an Audience Choice Award at Jamaica’s GATFFEST. He also co-directed the short film, “I Rasta”, which was nominated for Best Short Film at the Reggae Film Festival in Jamaica. Ryan’s personal and intimate autobiographical documentary, MOM, which he both produced and directed, won Best Short Documentary at the 2013 Caribbean Tales International Film Festival.

Ryan also worked on “The Breadwinner”, directed by Nora Twomey and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, which received a Gloden Globe, an Academy Award, 10 Annie Awards, 6 Canadian Screen Awards (CSA), winning 4 CSAs and 2 Critics Choice Awards, “IRL: The Series”, “Rasta: A Soul’s Journey” with Donisha Prendergast and "The Black Experience Project" video series.

Ryan can be seen next in the production of Deep Blue directed by Howard Allen and produced by Mitzi Allen of Hama Films in Antigua and Barbuda. The film features Kim Huffman (Wild Roses), Peter Williams (Stargate SG-1), Tom Pritchard (The Crown), Julie Hewlett (The Sweetest Mango) and Rhoma Spencer (Da Kink in My Hair).

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Director Statement

As a filmmaker, every living breath is an opportunity to tell a story, but nothing was more compelling as when I was embarking on fatherhood. The enormous responsibility and uncertainties were enough to cause fear in me. Would I be enough for these children. Can I be there father I to these children I wish I had. That was the basis for the inspiration to make this little movie. Even though every day thousands of children are born, this was the most unique experience to me and I wanted to ensure it was successful and that in the end I could be a great father and husband. Mom was born.