Nana, Mom and Me is a self-reflexive biographical documentary and a powerful account of three generations of women. The film explores issues of feimininity, family memory, mother-daughter dynamics, and the challenges of documenting one’s own kin. With the intent of documenting her grandmother,
with whom Rothschild feels a special affinity, the filmmaker instead confronts amatriarch who refuses to take the camera seriously or to talk in any detail about her own past. Frustrated, Rothschild turns her probing camera to her own mother, with whom she does not feel as connected, and a rich portrait of femininity, family memory, mother-daughter dynamics, and the act of filmmaking emerges. Old photographs and home movies are intercut with present-day interviews and observational footage
in a way that truly sets the stage for future autobiographical documentaries. Nana, Mom and Me incorporates elements of journals, diaries, selfinterviews, poetry, and alternative formal devices. Rothschild’s mother becomes the primary
object of the camera’s attention. As such, she offers a narrative of deeply personal growth and self-definition, as well as a comment on society’s changing ideal for women.