Motherland

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Overview

Six women sharing the same sort of profound grief come together to help others while coming to terms with their own loss in this documentary by Jennifer Steinman. Debbi works as a paramedic with an ambulance company. Anne is married to a man in the advertising business and spends her spare time working with children's charities. Mary Helena works as an actress and storyteller. Barbara is completing her degree in nursing while she finalizes her divorce. Kathy is married to a policeman and works in the emergency ...
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Overview

Six women sharing the same sort of profound grief come together to help others while coming to terms with their own loss in this documentary by Jennifer Steinman. Debbi works as a paramedic with an ambulance company. Anne is married to a man in the advertising business and spends her spare time working with children's charities. Mary Helena works as an actress and storyteller. Barbara is completing her degree in nursing while she finalizes her divorce. Kathy is married to a policeman and works in the emergency ward of a hospital. And Lauren is a college student in her early twenties. While these women all come from different walks of life and cultural backgrounds, they have one thing in common -- each of them has had to live with the pain of losing a child, except for Lauren, who is mourning the death of her brother. In late December 2006, the six women traveled to South Africa to spend two and a half weeks volunteering with children's organizations, day-care facilities, centers for abused children, and support groups for at-risk teens. Far from home, the women devote themselves to the shattered lives of others while coming to terms with their own grief; by bonding with one another and a community of welcoming strangers, they come to understand how the death of their loved ones has changed them and how to find a way out of sorrow. Motherland was an official selection at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/22/2009
  • UPC: 658769935035
  • Original Release: 2009
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  • Source: Anderson Digital
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 65,241

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Jennifer Steinman Director, Editor, Producer
Jen Bradwell Editor
Rachael Campbell Associate Producer
Mira Chang Cinematographer
Jessica Congdon Editor
Essence Score Composer
Pamela Hamel Associate Producer
George Hamel Associate Producer
Eric Holland Score Composer
Karen Landsberg Cinematographer
Anne Magill Producer
Carson Porter Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Motherland
1. South Africa, 2006 [5:11]
2. Meet the Ladies [3:05]
3. Oudtshourn, South Africa [3:29]
4. Deddi & Garrett [2:54]
5. Orientation Day [3:10]
6. Kathy & Mike [4:03]
7. Anne & Grace [10:57]
8. Lauren & Tev [7:34]
9. Barbara & Jason [3:58]
10. She Has to Talk [6:02]
11. Mary Helena & Aaron [6:39]
12. Support Each Other [5:53]
13. Riding at Your Own Risk [6:18]
14. Volmoed, South Africa [5:56]
15. End Credits [4:18]
16. Chapter 16 [:10]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    If you think this movie is about a white person making a film ab

    If you think this movie is about a white person making a film about Africa, well I am sorry but you miss the point! This movie is about women who lost a child and who are offered this great opportunity to fully grieve and find ways to use their grief for something good.
    Their adventure happens to be in Africa but really it could have been anywhere. If you've lost a child, or someone close, this is a great documentary to watch. You are not alone and there are ways to survive and perhaps even strive through such a horrific thing.
    If you are not a "survivor", you are invited to see what it is like on the inside. These women are incredibly courageous for having the guts to share with us their stories. I love this documentary because I am a nurse who had to hold a lot of grieving parents' hands. It brought me closer to understand these parents through their loss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very disappointing, cheap tears

    Yet another white person making a film about Africa. Very clique way of trying to get the audience to feel connected to these woman. And while you feel sad at their lost it is not because of good film making. It is more because what else can you do sitting through this "yet another pity story about African people".

    Very disappointing

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