Mother of George

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USA | 2013 | 106 minutes | Andrew Dosunmu

February 4, 2014

New date: Tues Feb 4 | This poetic and moving feature from Andrew Dosunmu (Restless City) follows a newlywed Nigerian-American couple (Danai Gurira and Isaach De Bankolé), whose trouble conceiving a child leads to a shocking decision.

"The most visually arresting drama of 2013, and certainly one of the year's best films. It is, in many ways, a film with a simple, easy to summarize story. But the resulting experience is not." - Christopher Schobert, Indiewire

Having emigrated from Nigeria to marry the restaurateur Ayodele, Adenike 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. 

"Working from a script by playwright Darci Picoult, Dosunmu fashions a tale that's realistic, melodramatic and culturally specific, yet unmistakably archetypal." - Eric Hynes, Time Out New York

Winner: Best Cinematography, Sundance Film Festival

  • Director: Andrew Dosunmu
  • Principal Cast: Isaach De Bankolé, Danai Gurira, Anthony Okungbowa, Yaya Alafia, Bukky Ajayi
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 106 minutes
  • Language: English
  • US Distributor: Oscilloscope Laboratories