Reviews: Mother of George and I Am Slave

Last week, I checked out the independent film, Mother of George based on a recommendation from someone on twitter. 

The film originally played at the Sundance film festival and centers on Adenike and Ayodele, a recently married nigerian couple living in Brooklyn who have problems conceiving a child. Don’t wanna give away the plot, but Adenike, under pressure from her meddling mother in law takes desperate measures to become pregnant.

Various issues come into play during the story. Gender roles, traditional vs. western cultural values, cultural expectations and family dynamics. The cast are well known african actors, notably Danai Gurira from The Walking Dead as Adenike, the wife, Isaach de Bankole as Ayodele, Yaya Alafia who you may know as the runner-up contestant from season 3 of America’s Next Top Model, as Adenike’s best friend, and a cameo appearance from african singer Angelique Kidjo.

I also watched this movie, I Am Slave. The movie is a couple years old, originally a tv film produced for Britain’s Channel 4 is based in part on the story of Mende Nazer, an author and human rights activist who was also a former slave.

Twelve year old Malia, the daughter of a tribal leader is abducted from her family by arab soldiers who raid her family’s village in the mountains of Sudan. Malia is then sold to an arab family in Khartoum where she is forced into slavery for 6 years.
Later she is then sent to London where the brutality she endures continues but Malia struggles to make an escape.

An expose on modern day slavery in the UK, what got to me about this film was the way this inhumanity was happening almost in plain sight. The thought that you could be doing something as routine as walking down the street and someone living on your block is committing a crime against humanity is horrifying. Makes you think do you really know your neighbors.

The movie is available via netflix, but I also happened to find this post on youtube. You can watch the full length movie here.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Spinster
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 20:42:53

    Never heard of the first film. Really liked ‘I Am Slave’; saw it a couple of years ago.


  2. Nicky
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 20:43:14

    Great movies! I’ll try to get them both on Netflix.


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