This video explores how two teenage siblings and their 26 year old sister/legal guardian have coped with their mother's incarceration in a federal prison. When shooting began, Dorothy Gaines had served six years of a twenty-year sentence handed down for a minor drug offense. Unexpectedly, she received a presidential commutation of her sentence before filming was completed; Laleh was fortunate enough to shoot shortly after the family's reunification.
16mm color film
A personal film about the filmmaker’s shyness and her upbringing with her twin sister.
16mm black and white film
Breath focuses on an eighty year old woman who is forced to confront her own aging when she leaves her home of forty years to live in a retirement hotel.