Mama Africa: Growing Up Urban

Three women explore the modern African city through intimate stories about motherhood, ambition, and the search for identity.

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Premiere Date
March 1, 2003
Length
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Series and Special Projects
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    2001 Cannes International Film Festival-Kodak Best Short Film Award, Close Up On Bintou
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    2001 Rennes Film Festival-Three prizes
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    2001 FESPACO-Best Short Film
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    2001 Bermuda International Film Festival-Best Short Film
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    2001 Zanzibar International Film Festival-Best Actress Award: Omi Baya
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    2001 Marrakech International Film Festival-Best Short film
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    2001 Amiens Film Festival-Licorne d’Or Award
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    2001 Milan African Film Festival-Venice Prize
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    2001 Cannes International Film Festival-Kodak Prize
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    2001 Milan African Film Festival-Best Short Film
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    2001 Zanzibar International Film Festival-Golden Dhow Best Short Feature Film
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    2002 Clermont Ferrand-Jury Prize
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    2002 Tampere International Film Festival-Jury Prize
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    The Film

    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.

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