The East Side Freedom Library and Metropolitan State University invite you to “Mother of George”: A Black History Month Film Screening/Discussion on Thursday, February 15 @ 7:00PM-9:00PM.
Join us for a screening of the film Mother of George in commemoration of Black History Month. NPR’s Tomas Hachard reviews Mother of George as follows: “From the start, Mother of George looks at its two protagonists, Adenike (Danai Gurira) and Ayodele (Isaach de Bankole), across distinct gender lines. The film opens at their traditional Yoruba wedding with two contrasted, tightly framed, straight-on shots of the groom and bride’s parties…True, much of the friction between Ayodele and Adenike does reflect an incompatibility between the rigid gender expectations of Nigerian tradition and the more fluid opportunities that Adenike’s new home makes possible.” Read more here: https://www.npr.org/2013/09/12/221437139/a-marriage-a-mother-a-move-from-culture-to-culture
The post-film discussion will be lead by Cherish Sonja Gibson, a perpetual poet and occasional essayist whose art is grounded in her Liberian-American identity. She was a 2015 Givens Foundation Emerging Writers’ Mentor Program fellow and a part of the 2016 Twin Cities Listen to Your Mother cast. Cherish was born and raised in South Minneapolis by her fantastic Liberian mother and is partial to belly-born laughter, puppies and well-seasoned food.