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While I yet Live

Quilts are made from remnants, from that which is left over of jeans that have been worn for an entire lifetime, of a pillowcase that won’t last another single night. Artful bedcovers are born of such scraps – they watch over our sleeping spots during the daytime and are the equal of any painting when displayed on the wall.
In a tiny community in the middle of Alabama there lives, together with their families, a group of African American women who have been practicing this craft for decades. This art form saved their lives and has made them rich. Rich in stories, rich in friendships and rich with the knowledge that only things of a collective nature deliver abundance for all in the end.
The director follows these women in their everyday lives, and over a brief period we experience the depth of said lives, the grief that accompanies them, the blessings that they have ben fortunate to receive and now pass on. ‘Swing low, sweet chariot / Coming for to carry me home / I looked over Jordan, and what did I see? / Coming for to carry me home / I saw a band of angels coming after me / Coming for to carry me home.’

Maris Curran

USA 2018


Documentary form
15 min · Colour


Essie Pettway
Mary Lee Bendolph
Rita Mae Pettway
Lucy Mingo
China Pettway
Mary Ann Pettway


Maris Curran
Director of Photography
Jerry Henry
Julie Caskey
Sound Design
Eli Cohn
Jon Coplon


Maris Curran

She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and also participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program. Her debut film Five Nights in Maine, starring David Oyelowo, Dianne Wiest and Rosie Perez, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. She is currently working on her second feature film.


2015 Five Nights in Maine 2016 The Man is the Music; short film 2018 While I yet Live

Produced by

Maris Curran
Los Angeles, USA


Berlinale Shorts V: Step across the yesterday

Le Tigre de Tasmanie; Imfura; Onde o Verão Vai (episódios da juventude); While I yet Live

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Screening Shorts: Before Yesterday Takes Over

Le Tigre de Tasmanie; Die Schläferin; ‘abl ma ‘ansa; De Natura; While I yet Live

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    Berlinale Talents
Of mothers and other lives

While I yet Live; Blau; And What Is the Summer Saying; Madness; Imfura

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