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Six American mothers, each grieving the death of a child, journey to South Africa to volunteer with impoverished children. The strength of the people they meet and the reality of the poverty they witness deeply affects them. They ultimately discover hope and healing as a result of serving others, and through the unexpected friendships they form with each other.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Steinman's high concept is unwieldy and overly ambitious and occasionally skirts reality TV territory -- one of the women even jokes about being voted off the island -- but the shots of the children beaming in the company of these mothers are glorious."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Affecting documentary about grieving mothers on a humanitarian trip to Africa."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"A deeply moving, illuminating and inspirational documentary."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A heart-affecting documentary about six American women who are mourning the death of their children and take a healing adventure together to serve others in South Africa."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Jennifer Steinman's new documentary 'Motherland' follows a group of American women who attempt to get beyond their own suffering."
‑ Dan Lybarger,
"Moving documentary chronicles humanitarian mission of women bonded by grief."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Six American mothers, united in grief over the loss of a child, travel to Africa to find their way. That's the concept behind Motherland, a documentary that follows the women's emotional journey toward some kind of solace."
‑ Justin Strout, Orlando Weekly
"'Motherland' is an honest and intimate look at emotional pain. It's a story that's uplifting, heartfelt and poignant."
‑ Wilson Morales,
"I have a soft spot for an endeavor such as Motherland, so in some ways I want to give it a pass, but I also realize its limitations, calculations, and glaring omissions. When a movie wants to be uplifting, it had better be true to its vision."
‑ Tony Macklin,
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