Lead actress Danai Gurira as Adenike Balogun in “Mother of George.”
Photo credit: AWDF USA
Every day, more than 500 African women across the continent die in childbirth – this is the world’s highest number of maternal deaths. But thanks to the ingenuity of African female leaders, there is hope. African women’s health organizations are providing access to health care, offering life-saving education for women and families, and empowering women with an understanding of their basic health and human rights in an effort to nip the maternal mortality problem in the bud.
Mother of George is a 2013 Sundance Film Festival award winner for its sensitive portrayal of an African couple in Brooklyn trying to have their first baby. The African Women’s Development Fund USA (AWDF USA) will build momentum for its Mother Africa Campaign by kicking off an exclusive, cross-county film screening and filmmaker dialogue series focusing on maternal health. Africa.com is AWDF USA’s media partner for the first event of the series set to take place in New York City on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM.
Mother of George stars a cast of veteran actors like Isaach De Bankolé, Danai Gurira (of TV’s The Walking Dead), Tony Okungbowa, Yaya Alafia, Bukky Ajayi and Angelique Kidjo. Nigerian filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu, directed the film, which was written by Darci Picoult, who was also a producer.
The national debut of the acclaimed Mother of George accelerates AWDF USA‘s American movement for African maternal health and is the first major US film with an African director and all African cast. As the film’s screenwriter/producer, Picoult notes, “Our collaboration with AWDF USA will build mutual understanding across diverse communities while raising practical support to address the challenges affecting mothers and their families throughout Africa and America.”
In “Mother of George,” Isaach De Bankolé (left) and Danai Gurira (right) play a newly married Nigerian couple trying to start a family in Brooklyn, NY.
Photo credit: AWDF USA
“This poignant film portrays universal themes of family and the American immigrant experience from a uniquely African point-of-view,” said Dr. Jackie Copeland-Carson, the USA executive director of the African Women’s Development Fund-USA. “We hope that the dialogues strengthen Americans’ awareness and support of grassroots African women’s organizations working throughout the continent to promote healthy mothers.”
A private dialogue and reception with the filmmakers, actors and special guests will follow the screening for the first 100 people who purchase tickets.
Ticket fees for this event will fund African maternal health organizations supporting healthy mothers and babies throughout Africa. Purchase your ticket now, since the event is limited capacity they are going fast.