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Motherland (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 6 March 2009 (USA)
Six American mothers, each grieving the death of a child, journey to South Africa to volunteer with impoverished children. The strength of the people they meet and the reality of the ... See full summary »

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Jennifer Steinman Sternin (as Jennifer Steinman)
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Credited cast:
Debbi Berto Debbi Berto
Barbara Crandall Barbara Crandall
Mary Helena Mary Helena
Kathy Jimenez Kathy Jimenez
Anne Magill Anne Magill
Lauren Warner Lauren Warner
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Six American mothers, each grieving the death of a child, journey to South Africa to volunteer with impoverished children. The strength of the people they meet and the reality of the poverty they witness deeply affects them. They ultimately discover hope and healing as a result of serving others, and through the unexpected friendships they form with each other. Written by Anonymous

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Six Women. Two Continents. A Journey of Hope and Healing.

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Documentary

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Not Rated

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Another White capitalization of Africa
15 August 2009 | by ocaciaSee all my reviews

I mistakenly went to see this film thinking it was the much anticipated Motherland - The Alik Shahadah film. I knew something was up from the vibe, and the minute the film began. Clearly it wasn't the real Motherland. OK already sitting with the popcorn and stuff so might as well keep watching. Visually after expecting something else I was naturally biased.

Isn't the image of a old white woman hugging little Blacks a little out of date? When you try to force tears from someone's eyes with a group of boring women it is a lack of artistry and sincerity. Its almost like making a film about a 1 legged HIV African boy trying to cross the Atlantic and he dies 3 miles from arriving. Now someone in the audience is going to cry and I guess one would hope that some critic gives it rave reviews and you get nominated for an Oscar. Well this film is trying to Play a big emotional card and is an utter contrived disaster.

I think the idea that you as a white liberal can just pick up a cheap video camera (without a script) and run across to Africa and try to capitalize on grief is probably the most disturbing aspect of this video (not film). And then to add insult to injury deceive people with a title as profound as Motherland.


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Language:

English

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6 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Oudtshoorn, South Africa See more »

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Smush Media See more »
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Dolby Digital | Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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