About this project
About the Film
Mothers of a Nation is a feature film and photography exhibition about a unique group of empowered women farmers. The film follows a wife and husband from America, photographer and filmmaker Ansley West, and organic farmer, Rafe Rivers as they research Ugandan farming methods.
They are astonished to find predominantly women in the fields who through friendship reveal their complicated lives ridden with sexism, suffering, sickness, and solitude. The women combat poverty and HIV through sustainable agriculture projects and solidarity resulting in their improved health, happiness and livelihood in their homes.
Ansley and Rafe are lead through rural Uganda and into the homes of a diverse group of women by Florence Lumbandi and Alice Lubunk. These two women are entrepreneurs and leaders in their respective communities and many women come to them for support and guidance. Through service to their communities, they are able to provide unique perspectives into women’s role in Ugandan Society as a whole and how agriculture can be utilized in changing not only financial futures but also psychological states of being.Collectively, these female farmers of Southern Uganda delve into their personal histories, to tell the story of rural Ugandan Society.
Womens’ suffrage and the onset of HIV are the two most influential changes to traditional roles. The effects are described as profound and often devastating. However, as Ansley, Rafe, Alice and Florence travel through rural Uganda, the landscape of womens’ history unfolds into one of hope and prosperity as they take control of their desperate situations through agriculture, education, and solidarity.
How Your Donation Will Help
We are in the final stages of production! We are asking for your help to raise money to pay for an editor, sound designer, and festival fees. We are aiming to be finished with post production by the end of July so we can submit to world renowned documentary festivals such as IDFA and Sundance.
We won't be able to accomplish this time line without your donation!
Mothers of a Nation has already been awarded recognition by outstanding film organizations such as nextFlix and Arts Engine Inc. Join the team in bringing these women's voices to an international audience!
The short 16mm film and photography show has already been exhibited and screened in several Universities and venues around the world. We hope that Mothers of a Nation continues to not only inspires but help empower other women in their daily lives. We will work with out non-profit partners, to make sure that the film is screened in communities through out the world that face some of the same challenges as the women in this film, and that they are provided resources to take action.
We are working to make sure this film and its mission remains rooted in education, with a life that extends far beyond the big screen to help to transform the lives of women around the world.
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