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Mother of George | Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

D: Andrew Dosunmu, NG, US 2013, 106 min., English OV (in English & Yoruba with English subtitles) | D: Antoine Fuqua, 1998, Island Records, 4 min., music video

Film still, Mother of George | © Promo

Film still, Mother of George | © Promo

A Nigerian couple in New York struggles with childlessness | The music video of Kidjo’s brilliant cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic

Mother of George
D: Andrew Dosunmu, NG, US 2013, 106 min., English OV (in English & Yoruba with English subtitles)

“Your life will be as sweet as pineapple,” relatives promise Adenike and Adoyele at their wedding in New York. The mother of the groom in particular is sure that a son will soon be born. But in spite of fertility teas and healing rituals, Adenike does not get pregnant although months have passed. Director Andrew Dosunmu tells the sensitive drama with unique, seductive imagery. Arthur Jafa’s camera approaches the characters without over-exposing them, capturing every glance. With Angélique Kidjo in the role of the bride’s mother.