Off-screen, Valerie Harper has been an inspiration to many following her optimistic defiance to her well-publicized life-threatening medical diagnosis in 2013.

Harper stars in Susie Singer Carter’s short film “My Mom and the Girl,” which will be screening at film festivals in Edmonton, Alberta; Columbus, Georgia; and Carmel, California, through October.

The film has also Oscar qualified in the Short Film category, a preliminary step toward the shortlisting of 10 films from which five eventual nominees will be selected.

Based on Singer Carter’s own mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s, the writer, director, and co-producer wanted Harper to play her mother, Norma Holzer.

Harper can certainly identify with the film, and the relationship between patient and caregiver.

“My Mom and the Girl” is already a multi-award winner at film festivals across the U.S. and overseas.

Harper and Singer Carter say they’re gratified their film found its way onto this year’s highly competitive Oscar qualifying list.