The Alliance Française de Pretoria is celebrating Woman’s Month with a screening of the film "Umbilical Cords".
17 August 2017 - 18H: Film screening & discussion: intergenerational womanhood - finding common ground between mothers and daughters.
The Alliance Française de Pretoria is celebrating Woman’s Month with a screening of the film "Umbilical Cords" by Sarah Jones, which will feature a discussion with the filmmaker Sarah Jones, Milisuthando Bongela, Arts & Culture Editor at the Mail & Guardian, and the organisation Lesedi Labatho.
In celebration of women’s month, at 18h00 on 17 August 2017, the Alliance Francaise will be screening the documentary Umbilical Cords which explores love and conflict between three pairs of mothers and daughters over five years, as the daughters navigate becoming young women.
Sarah, Zanele and Mayra live together in Cape Town, South Africa, with mothers from Argentina, Lesotho and Indonesia.
Devoutly Christian Tsepiso can no longer protect her daughter Zanele from the influences of the outside world. Mayra, daughter of an Argentinean immigrant to Johannesburg, can’t forgive her mother Anna-Maria for her broken childhood. Hilary escaped ethnic persecution in Indonesia, and now faces her worst nightmare as her daughter Sarah falls in love with a South African man with dark skin.
Living thousands of miles apart, the women stay in touch over the phone. Yet beneath the daily phone calls, lie years of conflict over religion, race, and belonging. Stepping into womanhood, a battle over identity threatens this ultimate bond. Each mother/daughter pair becomes locked in a dance around how much each woman is willing to see the other as a separate, and vulnerable, human being.
Umbilical Cords offers an intimate, unflinching exploration of what often remains unsaid between mothers and daughters, until they are forced to confront the woman at the other end of the phone.
The discussion will give the audience a chance to engage with the filmmaker and panelists on the key themes of intergenerational conversations, mothering adult daughters, and the journey through womanhood in South Africa and the world today.
Lesedi Labatho runs programmes with young mothers, and their own mothers, and will be hosting a Mother-Daughter workshop in Mabopane in association with the filmmaker on 23 August.