The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song


2012 / 71 minutes

Directed by
Christy Garland
Country of production
Canada Denmark

'The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song', using direct cinema style, introduces us to the Smith family in Georgetown, Guyana, where both Muscle, and his mother Mary, each struggle to fight the family demons of violence and alcoholism, bringing them into conflict with each other.

Anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson (daughter of Margaret Mead) recently chose 'The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song' as the film she would introduce with a talk about aging and poverty, two of the films’ themes, at the Anthropological Film Festival at the Jerusalem Cinematheque.

In the 2013 RAI Film Fest
Language and subtitles
English and Creole with English Subtitles
South America
Elderly people Family / Kinship Intergenerational relations