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Friday, March 1 • 5:20 PM • T2

Documentary | North American Premiere | Award Winner | Debut Feature

Ten years in the making, Northern Irish filmmaker Sam Jones' debut feature is a fascinating and poignant documentary about family and belonging. While working and traveling in Russia, Cork-based Sam meets U.S. citizen Gabe, who is trying to trace the birth mother that he and his sister were taken from in childhood when they were adopted into America. What follows is an intimate and complex portrayal of one young man's difficult search for truth and identity.


Directed and Produced by Sam Jones

Ireland, 2023, color, 86 min. NOT RATED. 

Awards: Louis Marcus Documentary Award - IndieCork 2023, Festival Audience Award - Belfast Film Festival 2023

"Few films at this year’s [Galway Film] fleadh were more memorable than Sam Jones’s My Lost Russian Mother...As the film progresses, we get a surer sense of Gabe’s own traumas and the sadness turns in upon itself. A fascinating, troubling story that reminds us to avoid hasty judgments."--Donald Clarke, The Irish Times, July 2023 

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Sam Jones started out as a sculptor, drifting into documentary when he built a boat out of old furniture and travelled the Sheffield Canal with a camera. The discovery that a camera could get him behind closed doors had him hooked. Now as a self-shooter PD, filmmaker and video journalist, he’s worked all over the world. Produced and directed television documentaries, series and news stories, from the freezing plains of Russia to the first unrest in Ukraine and the turbulence of the refugee crisis in Greece. 

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