The screening on Sunday, November 17 at 2:00pm will feature a post-film discussion with Dr. Leslye Obiora, Professor of Law, Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Dr. Obiora hails from Nigeria.
Winner! Best Cinematography, Sundance Film Festival 2013
“Remarkably full of life … the most visually arresting drama of 2013, and certainly one of the year’s best films.” - Christopher Shobert, Playlist
“The kind of distinctive, culture-driven drama from emerging filmmakers that I wish we saw more of.” – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
“Stunningly imagined … style and story unite to create a singularly mesmerizing look at a culture within a culture.” – Godfrey Chesire, RogerEbert.com
The gorgeously filmed drama Mother of George follows the lives of Nigerian-American newlyweds Adenike and Ayodele, as they navigate their new lives in New York City and struggle to balance Nigerian tradition with the modern cosmopolitan lifestyle. Adenike (Danai Gurira, The Walking Dead) emigrates from Nigeria to Brooklyn to marry restaurateur Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly). Following the joyous celebration of their wedding in a gorgeously colorful Yoruba ceremony and their tender wedding night, complications arise. Adenike's demanding mother-in-law names their not-yet-conceived first son George and expects Adenike to do her duty to the family. Pressure mounts as months pass and the couple fail to conceive a child. The problem defies cultural expectations and devastates the family, leading Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save or destroy her marriage. In only his second film, acclaimed director Andrew Dosumnu (Restless City) captures the nuances of this unique and fascinating culture by creating a beautiful, vibrant and compassionate portrait of a couple whose joys and struggles are at once intimate and universal. (Dir. by Andrew Dosumnu, 2013, USA, 107, Rated R, Oscilloscope Pictures) Digital