Motherland

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Released 2009

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Director:
Jennifer Steinman
Released:
2009
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Motherland is a documentary that addresses the harsh realities of life for those living in third world countries. It takes a sincere look at the resilience that is needed to live such an impoverished lifestyle. Debbie Berto, Anne Magil, and Barbara Crandall are among six mothers who volunteer their time to aid needy and malnourished children in Africa. In doing so, they each attempt to come to terms with the premature deaths of their own children, and in this endeavor they hope to heal spiritually through the process of helping others who are much less fortunate. Viewers watch as these six women make their own unique personal transformations on this seventeen day mission to Africa. Although they are grieving, through their selflessness and compassion they are able to emerge better people and alleviate some of the anguish of their own losses. This film was the recipient of the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

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  • 50

    San Francisco Chronicle Walter Addiego

    Filmmaker Doris Yeung tries to mix a whodunit with a story of explosive family dynamics, but the effort succumbs to a weak script and a one-note lead performance.

  • 50

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Part murder mystery, part dysfunctional family drama and part meditation on the elusiveness of the American dream, Motherland doesn't fully succeed on any of its levels.

  • 50

    Village Voice

    Despite its ambitious combination of murder mystery and cautionary immigration tale, Motherland doesn't quite hold together, lacking both the fuel to reach a rolling, procedural bo...

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