Mama Africa
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Mama Africa, hosted by rapper/actress Queen Latifah, combines three short films, directed by African women, telling tales of misguided youth in contemporary Africa. In Uno's World, from Namibia and directed by Bridget Pickering, Uno (Sophie David), a sexually inexperienced young woman, gets involved with a womanizer, Kaura (Muhindua Kaura), which leads to an unplanned pregnancy. When Kaura refuses to take responsibility for their child, and starts avoiding Uno, she leaves the baby in the care of her mother and goes to dangerous lengths to track Kaura down. In Hang Time, from Nigerian… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It understands, in a way that speaks forcefully enough about the mechanisms of poverty to transcend the rather simplistic filmmaking."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The warnings to resist temptation in this film ... are blunt and challenging and offer no easy rewards for staying clean."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Each story is built on a potentially interesting idea, but the first two are ruined by amateurish writing and acting, while the third feels limited by its short running time."
‑ Justin Hartung, Citysearch
"Mama Africa pretty much delivers on that promise. It does give you a peek. The main problem being that it's only a peek."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"Otto-Sallies has a real filmmaker's eye."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The impulses that produced this project ... are commendable, but the results are uneven."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A worthy idea, but the uninspired scripts, acting and direction never rise above the level of an after-school TV special."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Well-intentioned though it may be, its soap-opera morality tales have the antiseptic, preprogrammed feel of an after-school special."
‑ Marshall Fine, Journal News (Westchester, NY)
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