I'm disappointed, yet not surprised, that Andrew Dosunmu's acclaimed sophomore effort, Mother of George, will be opening in my area for one week only.
That means that if you don't make it down to Landmark Theatre's E Street Cinema in Washington, D.C. this weekend, you'll have to scramble during the work-week to make it there before it's gone for good. That is unless you're home next week anyway because of the government shutdown. In that case, you have all week to see it. [Side-eye to the childish politicians f*cking it up for everybody.]
For those who are unfamiliar with Dosunmu's beautifully dramatic film, here's what you need to know:
Ayodele Balogen (Isaach De Bankole) owns a small African restaurant in Brooklyn. His fiancee, Adenike Matashane (Danai Gurira), has waited six years to start a new life with Ayo in the US. Ayo and Adenike have a traditional Basotho wedding, culminating in a ceremony where Adenike is named for her yet to be conceived son, George. But as months pass, Ma George's pregnancy attempts fail and her loneliness intensifies. Torn between her Basotho culture and new life in America, Ma George struggles to save her marriage, stopping at no cost to give Ayo his much-awaited son.Tony Okungbowa, Bukky Ajayi, and Yaya Alafia co-star in the Darci Picoult-penned drama.