Mother of George

January 21, 2015 (Wednesday) / 6:00 pm

International House, 3701 Chestnut Street

Mother of George

Panel Discussion and Film Screening

Bradford Young

Director of Photography, Mother of George

Louis Massiah

Scribe Video Center

Salamishah Tillet

Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania

In collaboration with Penn Cinema Studies and International House Philadelphia

Award-winning cinematographer Bradford Young is known for expressive lighting, bold colors, and nuanced representations of dark skin tones on screen. Part of an exciting new wave of independent African American filmmaking, Young uses his stunning visuals to tell stories of family, violence, and diaspora across black communities from New York City to rural Mississippi.

with special appearance by Bradford Young!

Before the screening, Bradford Young joins a distinguished panel of Philadelphia filmmakers and film scholars: Louis Massiah (Scribe Video Center) and Salamishah Tillet (Penn). Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to learn what's going on in contemporary Black cinematography, including new tools and techniques of racial representation in film and video. 


Mother of George
(dir. Andrew Dosunmu, 2013, 107 min.)

Adenike and Ayodele (The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira and veteran actor Isaach De Bankolé) are a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. Following their joyous wedding celebration, the couple soon learns they are unable to conceive a child, news that devastates their family and defies cultural expectations. Adenike makes a shocking decision that could either save her family or destroy it. Acclaimed director Andrew Dosumnu (Restless City) captures thenuances of the unique and fascinating Nigerian culture by creating a vibrant, moving portrait of a young immigrant couple whose joys and struggles are at once intimate and universal. Bradford Young won the 2013 Sundance Award for Cinematography.