Mother of George (2013) - dir. Andrew Dosunmu // Nigeria
Acclaimed photographer-turned-director Andrew Dosunmu’s film opens with a heady rush of the sights and sounds of a vibrant, traditional Yoruba wedding. Ayodele and Adenike are being married, and only after the ceremony is it apparent that the event is taking place not in Nigeria, but in Brooklyn. A recent immigrant, Adenike soon discovers her new life, like her wedding, is still dictated by the ways of her homeland, where wives are expected to conceive children, specifically boys, without delay. Months pass, and, much to the chagrin of her domineering mother-in-law, Adenike doesn’t get pregnant. As the pressure mounts, she makes a desperate decision, one that might save her marriage or tear it apart.