A MOTHER is a short dramatic film about a woman who chooses to abort her third child. The film follows Agnes from the doctor’s office, where she receives abortion pills for her pregnancy, to her busy life at home as a wife and mother to two boys. As Agnes contemplates her decision to abort while performing her daily responsibilities, a report about the disappearance of a little Black girl and the case’s racist implications pushes her over the edge, sending her on and journey to find the girl and her sense of self.
Beautiful lead performance! Using the disappearance of a little girl as the backdrop, Natasha Ngaiza gives a glimpse inside a mother’s heart and reminds us that choices aren’t always simple. Profound and well made. — Becky M (Festival Director)
Drama, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Femisnism
Natasha Ngaiza received her MFA in Film from Temple University in 2012, the same time she began her journey into motherhood. Her short narrative films have screened at various international festivals and art venues and all center Black mothers as their protagonists . Natasha's experiences raising three multiracial daughters have strengthened her interest in race and identity and have informed her work as a filmmaker. She currently teaches film at Middlebury College and is in early pre-production for her feature film project about bananas, set in her family's ancestral home in Northwest Tanzania.
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Director: Natasha Ngaiza
Producers: Ethan Murphy, David Miranda Hardy
Writer: Natasha Ngaiza
Cinematographer: Arlene Mueller
Production Designer: Nina Macintosh
Editor: Danielle Filios
Music: Jose Miguel Candela
Cast: Chérie Celeste Malone, Joseph Kafumbe, Ezra Stevens, Gabriel Grant Jr.
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