For the first time, a South African film will be showing in Nigerian cinemas. Titled ‘Baby Mamas’, the movie will premiere in Lagos on the 1st of March, 2019 at all Filmhouse Cinemas’ locations. Silverbird promises to show the movie from March 1 as well.
‘Baby Mamas’ follows the daily lives, love, and drama of four professional women – who are all in different stages of their own real baby mama drama.
As the four women explore the many dynamics of being baby mamas, they open themselves up to pain, healing, sorrow, joy, friendship and indeed, love.
The movie was written and directed by two South African women, Stephina Zwane and Salamina Mosese and was the closing film at the Lights, Camera, Africa Film Festival held in Muson Centre, Lagos.
These women are passionate about changing the narrative! As young black women, they are able to bring to the fore topics in their films, that are relevant to society, in a fun and unique way, and in this way, they are have developed into storytellers who are bringing to the fore stories that are both entertaining, thought provoking and compelling.
Directed by Stephina Zwane, with an ensemble female cast of Salamina Mosese, Thembisa Mdoda, Dineo Ranaka, and Kay Smith, the film makes a strong case for sisterhood, female empowerment, and pure black girl magic. Many of the themes explored in the film are the journey to motherhood, the stigma, and shame that comes with pregnancy out of wedlock, the pain of dealing with a failed relationship, the courage to leave an abusive situation and of course, dealing with the absence of a child’s father.
A sisterhood develops among these four very different women, as they find in each other the strength and courage it will take to navigate the treacherous waters of the relationships, good and bad, that they have with the men in their lives.
Speaking on the concept behind the movie, Zwane says; “our generation is fortunate to have the privilege of being able to tell our story ourselves, so the first thing I’m going to do is always to tell the other side of our unique African story.”
By Oluwatoyin Adeleye