Mother of George
Director Andrew Dosunmu scheduled to attend | June 6 & June 7
This vibrant feature follows the lives of Nigerian-American newlyweds, Adenike and Ayodele, as they navigate their new lives in New York City. Nigerian tradition and pressure to conceive a child give way to new cosmopolitan temptations as Adenike discovers life outside of being a housewife.
|June 6, 2013||6:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
|June 7, 2013||4:00 PM||AMC Pacific Place 11||Date has passed|
Having emigrated from Nigeria to marry the restaurateur Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé), Adenike (Danai Gurira) finds her Brooklyn neighborhood still steeped in the colors and traditions of their homeland. At the couple’s wedding, Adenike’s imperious mother-in-law (Bukky Ajayi) confers the conventional Yoruba blessings, including the right of naming their future son George. But as the months pass and Adenike fails to get pregnant, the pressures of family—and a culture that places all responsibility for conception upon the wife—increase, and only her more worldly friend Sade (Yaya Alafia) stands by her side and bears all her secrets. Ultimately Adenike is driven to consider a solution that will set the attitudes she’s begun to adopt from her new home in conflict with those from her old. With only his second feature Andrew Dosunmu has already earned comparisons to Visconti, not only for the poetic vibrancy of his images (cinematographer Branford Young won the Sundance Film Festival Award for his remarkable effects here) but also the compassion and humanity which he invests in his characters and their conflicts.
Nigerian native Andrew Dosunmu began his career in fashion, first as a design assistant at Yves Saint Laurent then later as an acclaimed photographer, before graduating to feature films. As with Mother of George, his feature debut Restless City (2011) was a widely hailed portrait of African immigrants in New York.
Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, UW African Studies, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas
|Principal Cast:||Isaach De Bankolé, Danai Gurira, Anthony Okungbowa, Yaya Alafia, Bukky Ajayi|
|Running Time:||106 minutes|
|Producer:||Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Matt Parker, Carly Hugo, Darci Picoult, Chris Maybach, Saemi Kim, Patrick|
|Awards:||Sundance Film Festival 2013 (Cinematography Award U.S. Dramatic)|
|Filmography:||Restless City (2011)|
|US Distributor:||Oscilloscope Laboratories|