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Mother of George (2013)

R  |   |  Drama  |  18 January 2013 (USA)
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Adenike and Ayodele, a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, are having trouble conceiving a child - a problem that defies cultural expectations and leads Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save or destroy her family.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ayodele Balogun
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Biyi Balogen (as Tony Okungbowa)
Bukky Ajayi ...
Ma Ayo Balogun
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Sade Bakare (as Yaya Alafia)
Klarissa Jackson ...
Atibo
Ishmael Omolade ...
Dave
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Doctor
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Frank
Florence Egbuchulam ...
Funke
Mutiyat Ade-Salu ...
Helen
Atibon Nazaire ...
Hyacinth (as Atibon L. Nazaire)
Deen Badarou ...
Mr. Lawal
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Marsea
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Monica
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Adenike and Ayodele, a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, are having trouble conceiving a child - a problem that defies cultural expectations and leads Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save or destroy her family.

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Drama

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Rated R for sexuality, some language and a disturbing image | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

18 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ma' George  »

Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,000 (USA) (20 September 2013)

Gross:

$145,400 (USA) (8 November 2013)
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2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Mother: [wedding ceremony] Ayodele, good health, love, for both of you. Give me good kids. We'll always be here for you.
Father: I wanna second that. Good health. A strong long life. Your secrets will remain intact. Your crown will stay long on your head. Your shoes will last long on your feet. In the power of the Almighty, in the power of the Oshun, in the power of all our Oriahas. Arise, arise.
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Eko Akete
Written and Performed by 'Solomon Folorunsho Olowookere'
Courtesy of Jazzhole Records, Lagoa, Nigeria
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culture, race, ethnic background, costumes...
17 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

when i watched this film, some thoughts just came up in my head. i couldn't stop wondering one thing: do we all have to carry all the bags and burdens of where we came from, who we were, what kind of costumes we wore, what racial profile we used to belong to, once we decided to migrate to a country that absolutely got nothing to do with your originated country where you came from. if you moved from Africa, from India, from Muslim countries, from the oriental nations, china, Vietnam, Korea, Japan...wherever and whatever, once you've decided to move away where you grew up, did you still want to hold unto those things that you really wanted to leave behind in the first place? or does it suddenly became so god-damed important that you suddenly realized that your so-called root was the most important thing you wanted to hold on and tried to get back? is this the reason why, the Mexican immigrants, legal or illegal, always wave their Mexican flags during any occasion, soccer games, boxing bouts, Mexican festivals; Muslim men keep their beards so dark and so long, Muslim women cover and wrap their heads with black or other solid color scarfs; Indian and Pakistani women, especially those older ones, wearing shawl and drapes/towels-like clothes, some even with red dot between their eyebrows walking in shopping malls and the streets; sikh males with weird turbans scrolled on top of their heads; weird and ancient Yiddish caps, beads, beards, hats; stubborn Amish traditions and customs; green related to Irish background and traditions other than environmental friendly? do we all have to use such independent and unique ways to show other races that we treasure our race, our origin, our nation(even we so desperately to get out of it sooner than later than never), culture, traditions and customs. do we have to wear ethical costumes to tell other people of different races that we are different from you all, that we, of course one of the ingredients in the huge melt pot, but we refuse to lose our uniqueness and specialty and give up all and just willingly to dissolve ourselves, to disappear our identities and mingle into a complete new flavor that none other countries would have such marination? and this film, only showed us that nobody wanted to give up their shxt and embrace their newly adopted country. by telling us that marriage to Nigerian people only means offspring, if the marriage sprouts a son, or many sons, are always better than a daughter and worse more daughters. so to conceive a fetus, a babe, for the husband, the husband family and the wife's are so overwhelmingly important, no matter what? under the unique and colorful Nigerian costumes, the bodies are exactly no different from other human beings other than the skin color. the songs, the dance, the food of the wedding are just cosmetic brush up for a legal marriage binding and legit right to fornication in order to get a son (a daughter usually is just an unwanted and unlucky outcome). do we have to use so much time, so much camera footage, close up or fade out to tell a not so unique torturing and anxious desire. under the traditional costumes you wear, your body is not a bit different from mine. release your rigid traditional way of thinking that your parents forced upon you, refuse to accept the religion they forced upon you to believe, get rid of those head scarfs, beards, caps, the praying and kneeling 5 times a day, or attend the sermons on Sundays, keep those flags you blindly waved or carried around to show your differences, free up your mind, become a completely free person who don't need the burden past but the future.

in summary, this indie film about a Nigerian woman and wife trying so hard to conceive a baby is not a worthy subject, even its cinematography is somewhat good. like the good scenes/frames of good pictures? try those desktop background wallpapers.


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