Mother of George

September 13th 2013
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 106 min,
  • Oscilloscope Pictures
  • Cast: Danai Gurira, Isaach De Bankolé, Yaya Alafia, Anthony Okungbowa, Bukky Ajayi, Angélique Kidjo, Mutiyat Ade-Salu, Abraham Amkpa, Mohamed Dione, Esosa Edosomwan, Kehinde Koyejo, Babs Olusanmokun, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Lenore Thomas, Chinaza Uche
  • Director: Andrew Dosunmu
  • Writer: Darci Picoult
  • Producers: Patrick Cunningham, Carly Hugo, Saemi Kim, Lars Knudsen, Chris Maybach, Anthony Okungbowa, Matthew Parker, Jay Van Hoy
  • Associate Producers: Nora Duffy, Lisa Harun, Lucas Joaquin
  • Executive Producers: Laura Bernieri, Isaach De Bankolé, André Des Rochers, Saerom Kim, Jawal Nga, David Raymond, Fady Salamé, Rhea Scott, Ron Simons, Joseph Sorrentino, Jerry Tankersley
  • Castings: Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee
  • Costume Design: Mobolaji Dawodu
  • D.O.P.: Bradford Young
  • Editor: Oriana Soddu
  • Makeup: Melanie Harris
  • Production Design: Lucio Seixas


After the joyous wedding between Adenike (Gurira) and Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé), a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, marital complications arise out of their inability to conceive a child. The problem devastates their family and defies cultural expectations, leading Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save her family or destroy it.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Brooklyn, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Sexuality, some language and a disturbing image
  • Production Budget: $750,000
  • Production Companies: Parts and Labor, Cunningham & Maybach Films, Loveless, Maybach Film Productions, SimonSays Entertainment, Fried Alligator Films

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2013 Guide Analysis: ""The Walking Dead" fans will see the sword-wielding Michonne (Danai Gurira) in a whole different light with this Sundance drama project starring Gurira as Adenike, a South African woman now living in the United States. "The Limits of Control" star Isaach De Bankolé plays her fiancée Ayo, the owner of a small African restaurant in Brooklyn.

Ayo and Adenike have a traditional Basotho wedding, a ceremony in which her yet-to-be conceived son is named George. As months pass and her attempts to get pregnant fail, her loneliness intensifies. Torn between her Basotho culture and new life in America, she is willing to risk everything to save her marriage and to give Ayo his long-awaited son.

Set to premiere at Sundance in dramatic competition, Andrew Dosunmu's project has also gone by the title "Ma'George" and marks the Nigerian photographer and filmmaker's first film since 2011's musical indie drama "Restless City". Dosunmu says his aim with the project is to make the audience walk away from the film considering the consequences of their actions and decisions they make. Hopefully it is as thought-provoking and fascinating as it sounds."

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