Little Mom

Little Mom
(17 min) USA
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Tuesday, 10/23, 1:15pm (Session XV)

Director/Producer: Maria Fortiz-Morse 


What happens when children become caregivers for disabled family members? With a hidden population of over 1.4 million kids caring for sick and disabled family members each day, Little Mom is a timely and deeply affecting look at two girls, Shayna and Kassandra, who help their families care for disabled brothers. The film is a tender portrait of sibling relationships and the sacrifices these grown-up girls must make each day to keep their family together. 


Maria Fortiz-Morse is committed to telling stories about people whose voices are rarely heard. As a Stanford MFA student in documentary film and video, Fortiz-Morse creates character-driven films that raise larger social issues. Her work includes Trash-Out, which explores the housing crisis through the eyes of contractors cleaning up a foreclosed home, and Keith and Daniel, an intimate look at a mother caring for two disabled sons in the Midwest. Fortiz-Morse says one of her goals is to advocate for children by documenting the world through their eyes. She plans to continue making independent films in an effort to raise awareness of contemporary social issues across a wide audience. 

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