Against all odds and her husband's wishes, a downtrodden housewife in Burkina Faso sets out to earn enough money to educate her daughter.
Mama Africa: Growing Up Urban
Three women explore the modern African city through intimate stories about motherhood, ambition, and the search for identity.
- Premiere Date
- March 1, 2003
- 90 minutes
- Funding Initiative
- Series and Special Projects
Bound together by unflinching visions of the modern African city and insightful introductions by Queen Latifah, Mama Africa: Growing Up Urban combines three short dramas by some of Africa's most successful women filmmakers. Uno's World, directed by Namibia's Bridget Pickering, charts a young mother's rite of passage in a world of conflicting responsibilities and intoxicating greed. Ngozi Onwurah's Hang Time tells the story of a talented young basketball player in Nigeria who risks everything and bets his future on a new pair of shoes. And in Raya, South African director Zulfa Otto-Sallies explores one woman's struggle both to rebel against her respectable Muslim upbringing and erase her criminal past.