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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 discover hope and healing as a result of serving others, and through the unexpected friendships they form with each other.
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Critic Reviews for Motherland
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.
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.
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.
Affecting documentary about grieving mothers on a humanitarian trip to Africa.
Jennifer Steinman's new documentary 'Motherland' follows a group of American women who attempt to get beyond their own suffering.
'Motherland' is an honest and intimate look at emotional pain. It's a story that's uplifting, heartfelt and poignant.
Moving documentary chronicles humanitarian mission of women bonded by grief.
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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