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Mother of George

September 25, 2013

Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Cinematography Award in the US Dramatic category, Mother of George is a film that shares the story of a Yoruba woman, Adenike, who faces the pressure of conceiving children in order to save her marriage.

Adenike has left West Africa to live in the city of Brooklyn, New York, where she meets and marries emigrant and restaurateur Ayodele. Her newfound husband looks forward to starting a family, as does his mother, who decrees at the wedding that their first child will be named George. Unfortunately, after a year and a half of trying to bear children, Adenike discovers that she is unable to conceive. With her husband losing patience and her mother-in-law offering little but discouragement, Adenike looks to her friend Sade, who provides a suggestion that can either help the family or hurt them. The film features Danai Gurira as Adenike, Isaach De Bankolé as Ayodele, Bukky Ajayi as the mother and Yaya Alafia as Sade.

Mother of George is directed by Nigerian photographer and filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu. Along with Mother of George, Dosunmu has also received recognition for his captivating film Restless City, which tells the story of a West African immigrant living on the streets of New York while pursuing his passion for music.


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