This is a film for anyone with a sister, anyone with a tattoo and anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.
Hannah (33) and Rachel (30) are Jewish sisters with baggage. Today, they have agreed to get their first tattoos together. Stuck side by side in the chair with nothing to do but talk, they are forced to confront a shared history that’s as painful as it is hilarious. When their tattoos are finished, we learn – with the gentlest touch – that Rachel has had a double mastectomy and her new tattoo repurposes the scars into something beautiful. Hannah has accompanied her for support. Her own tattoo is a show of solidarity. Sometimes healing is more than skin deep.
“You and Me, Before and After” is a love letter to my sister. I’m 27, she’s 24. We have a complicated relationship. We come from a big Jewish family. All of our grandparents are Holocaust survivors. Jews don’t talk – we yell. We don’t accept – we judge. We hug… but we also push. And yet somehow there’s more love in the yelling, and pushing and judging than I’ve ever seen in the quieter, more composed homes of my other friends. I think that’s because when there’s no more yelling to be done, we laugh.
As a filmmaker, I want to create change through the stories I bring to the screen. I believe that this film can go some way toward demystifying a frightening diagnosis – treating it with kindness, sensitivity and beauty. But more than that, this is a film about healing and family. It’s about sisterhood and trauma. It’s a story that celebrates the strength and bravery of women.
We have a really wonderful all-female production team committed to making YAMBAA happen. We’re all seasoned independent filmmakers experienced in delivering to tight budgets, but we need your help!
Any support would be so appreciated.
Donations through ACF will be used for production and post-production costs including; cast fees, set decoration, costumes, and camera/lighting hire.
It would mean the world to us to tell this story with your help.
Thank you – Madeleine Gottlieb, Director of YAMBAA.