BELAYA MAMA WHITE MAMA
A magnanimous maternal heart and the will to provide one more child with safety and love, move a Russian patchwork family to adopt young Daniil. The two parents and the six children from mother Alina’s first marriage to an Ethiopian man ostensibly offer the ideal environment for a child who must adapt to a new life structure. Unfortunately, it quickly becomes apparent that the family may be in over their heads: the freshly adopted boy struggles to overcome the trauma of his past and lets his neurotic impulses loose on the family members. Their once harmonious life is no longer – the parents are exhausted, the children slowly distance themselves from their new brother. Either Alina and her family are going to have to accept their new circumstances or the adopted child will experience renewed rejection. The film stays conspicuously close to the family members in its camerawork, generating an impressive level of empathy that compels the audience to ask how they themselves would act in such a morally complicated situation.
Evgeniya Ostanina: She studied at Rostov University where she received her PhD and lectured philosophy afterwards. As an editor, she has been involved in several Russian documentary works, including HOW BIG IS THE GALAXY? (2018), which is being shown this year in the OPPOSE OTHERING! programme at goEast. WHITE MAMA is her full-length directorial debut.
Zosya Rodkevich: She was born in Moscow, where she graduated from Marina Razbezhkina’s School of Documentary Filmmaking. Her documentary WINTER GO AWAY (2012) was shown in Locarno and Jihlava among other places. Rodkevich’s first full-length film MY FRIEND BORIS NEMTSOV (2016) was named Best Documentary at the Krakow Film Festival.