M! Mom, Madonna & Me opens with this quote from the Sufi poet Rumi. In this very personal exploration of identity, I look for reflections of myself and find them in the images of my mother, a Pakistani hair stylist and Madonna, the international pop icon. On my journey toward self-love and maturity, I see how my gender identity and professional life have been framed by my admiration of these two women. Dramatizations of intense personal events from the past demonstrate how the dreams and ambitions of Mom became my own. From a schoolboy in Pakistan, to a fashion design student in Los Angeles, to a performance artist and filmmaker in Montreal, M! traces my personal journey as I let go of judgment, both about myself and others and grow to self-acceptance and self-love.