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86 Ratings

Mother of George

Directed by Andrew Dosunmu
United States, 2013


A story about a woman willing to do anything and risk everything for her marriage.

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Mother of George Directed by Andrew Dosunmu

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2013 | 2 wins including: Dramatic (Cinematography Award)

National Board of Review

2013 | Winner: Top Ten Independent Films

Dosunmu and cinematographer Bradford Young play with light, colour and skin to produce a haunting, melancholy glare that speaks to the viewer both aesthetically and metaphorically.
April 21, 2017
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As in many African films, the slender plot is reminiscent of folklore and provides a sense of tradition against which the filmmakers can examine evolving gender roles. The examination doesn’t go very deep, however—the movie feels less like a narrative feature than a fashion spread with narrative elements.
September 27, 2013
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That slightly unbalanced visual style places even greater emphasis on the intensity of these performances. So much of this story takes place in the gestures and glances of the characters. And as the woman at the center of it all who has to become a reluctant agent of the patriarchy, the luminous Gurira (best known as The Walking Dead’s fearsome Michonne) is a mesmerizing marvel.
September 26, 2013
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