Still image from “Mother of George”

Mother of George is Andrew Dosunmu second feature film. It’s the story of a newly married Nigerian woman’s trials and tribulations as she struggles to be a “good” wife in the new country her and her husband have immigrated to. Adenike, in her early 30’s is struggling to get pregnant and has spent months trying everything possible from herbal tea, to seeing doctors. When it’s suggests that Adenike and her traditional husband see a doctor together to both get tested she finally hits a wall. Her husband’s refusal to get tested leads her to desperate measures, taking the characters towards an act that can never be undone. The film deals with issue of cultural adjustment, and portraits of “traditional roles” of African women and the influence of hierarchical family structures in contrast to the more laissez-faire American culture.

 

In the film Dosunmu again teams up with Bradford Young to create a stunning tapestry in narrative form. The main character’s native Nigerian wear against the colorful Brooklyn streets and selected shots are a melodic composition for one’s eyes. It flows well and celebrates Nigerian family and culture earnestly. It lacks being trite and the melodramatic characteristics that have been synonymous with Nollywood films. But as this stands out and proclaims itself amongst  ’the immigrant experience’ films, it equally leans towards being a “New York film.” Andrew Dosunmu continues to make waves for African filmmakers on American soil.