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Mother of the River
1995, 28 minutes, BW, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99420
In this poignant story set in the 1850s, a young slave girl befriends a magical woman in the woods called Mother of the River. Through their friendship the young girl learns about independence, honor, humility and respect for others. MOTHER OF THE RIVER is a rare portrayal of slavery from a young woman's perspective.

MOTHER OF THE RIVER was funded by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

"Academics will find the film especially useful in courses such as Women's Studies, African American Studies and History."
-Jacqueline Bobo, Film and Television Studies, University of NC, Chapel Hill


  • Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta

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    "*** Has shimmering lyricism and a beautifully sustained childhood perspective."
    Michael Wilmington
    Chicago Tribune

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