White mama

Russia, 2018, 97 min.

Director

Zosya Rodkevich,
Evgeniya Ostanina

Producer

Aleksandr Rastorguev,
Ilya Malkin,
Pavel Kostomarov

Scenario

Susanna Baranzhieva,
Evgeniya Ostanina

Rights Holder

CHBk Film

DOP

Zosya Rodkevich, Alina Makarova, Sergey Makarov

Production

Black and White Production

Аlina Makarova, a mother of six children, adopts one more child. Her ex-husband is from Ethiopia, so all her own children are mixed race. Only her adopted son is white, but he has serious health problems and is psychologically unstable. Alina’s older children realize what complications the adoption might bring and are afraid that there won’t be enough room, time and love for everyone. But the mother convinces them that it’s the right thing.


HONORS
2018 Message to Man IFF (Russia) – Best Full-Length Documentary Film, FIPRESCI Award, Culture TV Channel Award
ArtDocFest Russian Open Documentary FF (Russia) – Laurel Branch laureate (Best Motion Picture)
2019 Docudays UA IFF (Ukraine) – Audience Award
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Zosya Rodkevich - 1

Zosya Rodkevich

Director, cinematographer. Born in 1990 in Moscow. Graduated from Marina Razbezhkina’s School of Documentary Filmmaking. One of the directors of WINTER GO AWAY (2012, premiered at Locarno IFF). Her first full-length film MY FRIEND BORIS NEMTSOV (2016) was named Best Documentary at Krakow IFF.

Selected filmography

2012 WINTER GO AWAY

2016 MY FRIEND BORIS NEMTSOV

Evgeniya Ostanina - 1

Evgeniya Ostanina

Director, scriptwriter, editor. Graduated from Rostov University, where she received PhD and lectured Philosophy afterwards. Later participated as an editor in several famous Russian documentary projects, including THE TERM (2014), KIEV/MOSCOW (2015) as well as the web documentary project REALITY (2013). WHITE MAMA is her full-length directorial debut.

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