Mother of George is a movie about a Nigerian woman living in Brooklyn, New York as infertility rocks her extended family. It scored high at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, winning for Best Dramatic Cinematography (U.S.).
I wrote about it at more length in September 2013 when there were limited theater screenings nationwide. I couldn’t get to the one, one-time showing near me, three hours away and on an inconvenient date.
On February 4, 2014, Mother of George hits DVD and Blu-Ray, Netflix, Amazon and other major retailers. I’m looking forward to seeing it. I thought you might be, too.
The movie’s title refers to an honor joyfully bestowed upon main character Adenike on her wedding day. Actress Danai Gurira is said to be perfect in the role – you may know her from AMC’s The Walking Dead or Treme on HBO. In the traditional Yoruba ceremony, Adenike learns the name of her yet-to-be-conceived son: George.
Family, friends and an entire culture are involved in the celebration of her someday child, and they’re totally in the way when it’s clear that Adenike and husband Ayodele can’t get the job done. (Her husband is skillfully played by veteran actor Isaach De Bankole, who you might remember from Fox’s 24.)
I’ve read that this film is exquisitely presented (duh – Sundance thought so), deeply nuanced, educational about Nigerian culture and surprising with an unexpected plot twist. The fact that infertility drives the storyline warns potential viewers that there’s also sadness in every frame. I’ll write again (one mo’ time!) when I finally get to see it for myself.