Motherland (2009)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: December 22, 2009
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Affecting documentary about grieving mothers on a humanitarian trip to Africa.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A deeply moving, illuminating and inspirational documentary.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

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Dan Lybarger

Jennifer Steinman's new documentary 'Motherland' follows a group of American women who attempt to get beyond their own suffering.

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Kam Williams

Moving documentary chronicles humanitarian mission of women bonded by grief.

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Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly

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.

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Wilson Morales

'Motherland' is an honest and intimate look at emotional pain. It's a story that's uplifting, heartfelt and poignant.

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Tony Macklin

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.

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