Film + Discussion: 'Mother of George'

  • September 28, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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***If 20 people (including guests) confirm then we can purchase tickets at a discount. If not, info on ticket costs, etc. can be found here. ***

We'll host a discussion following the film (we'll determine location based off the number of RSVPs)

Film Synopsis:  
At long last, handsome Ayodele Balogun, owner of a small Nigerian restaurant in Brooklyn, will wed his beautiful fiancée, Adenike, and they will start a new life together in the United States. Their traditional Yoruba wedding culminates in a ceremony where Adenike is named for her yet-to-be-conceived son, George. But as the months pass without pregnancy, Ma George is torn between her Yoruba culture and her new life in America as she faces uncomfortable and unfamiliar choices in her struggle to save her marriage.

Watch the film trailer here:

http://youtu.be/Hom7QF6k0UA

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  • A former member
    A former member

    My professor, Stephanie Shonekan, gave her thoughts on Mother of George on the radio today. Thought yall might want to check it out: https://soundcloud.com/wbez-worldview/climate-change-activist-tim

    1 · September 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can't get along with much of what Stehlik said....especially his thoughts on the style of the film not matching the content. In my opinion, he's trying to overlay a his own rigid western aesthetic on a film that does a nice job of blending and weaving together different pieces from different cultures, making it a much more accurate depiction of life. And I also thought it a bit odd that he was so disturbed by how the main character was always well dressed. I know lots of women who are always dressed to perfection, so that didn't seem out of place to me.

      2 · September 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      But I can understand Stephanie's concerns. There is a lot in the movie that would reinforce certain stereotypes I know a lot of white westerners hold of people from the African diaspora. However, I don't think it was or is this movie's job to destroy those myths or stereotypes. Nor do I think any African film should be saddled with that responsibility. If you're always trying to convince people of what you're not, instead of just being what you are, you're not going to be very effective. ...still, like I said, I can understand her anxieties. Haven't talked to her yet, though.

      1 · September 30, 2013

  • Nina

    Thanks to all who came! It was a great day.

    2 · September 29, 2013

  • Viva

    Movie great, Q & A great and discussion at the park great!

    September 29, 2013

  • Kristena

    there is a Q n A session after!

    1 · September 28, 2013

    • Nina

      thanks for the update, Kristena! Actor/producer Tony Okungbowa will be there for today's screening. So we'll meet after Q&A to discuss as a group. See you all there!

      September 28, 2013

  • Nina

    If you are downtown, you can purchase your ticket in advance. (Don't forget your Student ID, if you have one.) The box office at Gene Siskel opens at 5pm during the week. On Saturday, the box office will open at 2pm.
    I will be there by 230pm but we'll gather right after the movie ends in the cafe space.
    If our group is too large to meet in the theater's cafe, we'll probably head over to Millennium Park for our post-film discussion (the weather is supposed to be nice!).
    Let me know if you have any questions ahead of Saturday.

    September 25, 2013

  • Eve

    1 · September 13, 2013

    • Nina

      Thanks for these links, Eve.

      September 16, 2013

  • Eve

    An African film set in my beloved Brooklyn - count me in!!!

    2 · September 10, 2013

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