Mama Africa: Growing Up Urban
Mama Africa: Growing Up Urban (2002)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 7, 2002
DVD Release Date: December 17, 2002
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

It understands, in a way that speaks forcefully enough about the mechanisms of poverty to transcend the rather simplistic filmmaking.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The warnings to resist temptation in this film ... are blunt and challenging and offer no easy rewards for staying clean.

Justin Hartung

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.

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Gene Seymour

Mama Africa pretty much delivers on that promise. It does give you a peek. The main problem being that it's only a peek.

Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

Well-intentioned though it may be, its soap-opera morality tales have the antiseptic, preprogrammed feel of an after-school special.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

The impulses that produced this project ... are commendable, but the results are uneven.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

A worthy idea, but the uninspired scripts, acting and direction never rise above the level of an after-school TV special.

David Noh
Film Journal International

Otto-Sallies has a real filmmaker's eye.

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