NCLAFF Film: The House of Mama Icha (La casa de Mama Icha)

October 14, 2021 - 7:00 pm to 9:15 pm
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Dir. Oscar Molina. USA-Colombia. 2020. 85 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles

La Casa de Mama Icha is an intimate observational about a 93-year Afro Colombia woman, Mama Icha in her heroic decision to return home to Colombia after living in the US for 33 years. There, in Mompox, burrowed into the Magdalena River Valley, a house awaits her, a house she funded piece by piece with money she earned in the States. But her long-imagined homecoming is no easy return. The house that she patiently built through years of savings and transnational contracting is crumbling due to the tensions of the pending bills and the increasingly deteriorated family relationships. This is a story of reverse migration. It is a story about the dream of return. A story of a mother, a dispersed family, a longing, and a striving for agency, for home. 

Shown with short film "Viaje de María" (Colombia).

Free and open to the public.

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  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)