Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY release has secured “Bantu Mama” the Dominican Republic’s Oscar submission for Best International Feature Film. TV actress Clarice Albrecht made her debut as the lead and also co-wrote the screenplay with director Ivan Herrera. A press release announced that ARRAY will debut the feature on November 17 in select theaters and on Netflix.
“Bantu Mama” follows Emma (Albrecht), an African woman who escapes arrest and finds refuge in a dangerous pocket in the Dominican Republic’s capital, Santo Domingo, where she is taken by three children. “Being his dependent and maternal figure, she experiences an unimaginable change in her destiny,” the synopsis teases.
In addition to starring and co-writing, Albrecht is among the producers of “Bantu Mama”.
ARRAY President Tilane Jones shared in a statement, “This deeply moving and vividly crafted drama beautifully directed by Evan Herrera and co-written with producer Clarice Albrecht is a bold vision that we will share with audiences.” Thrilled to share.”
“Bantu Mama” made its world premiere at the 2021 SXSW Film Fest and won awards at the Durban International Film Festival and the Quibdo Africa Film Festival.
Albrecht’s acting credits include the BBC period drama “The Long Song”. The mini-series adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel of the same name is based on a 19th-century plantation in Jamaica during the last days of slavery.
Founded by DuVernay, whose own films include “Selma” and “The 13th,” ARRAY Releases is a narrative change collective “to distribute and showcase independent films made by black artists, people of color, and women of all types.” is dedicated to According to its website. ARRAY Relasing’s 2022 release includes “What We Leave Behind.” Ileana Sosa’s documentary tribute to her grandfather, and “donkey head,” Agam Darshi’s family drama About a daughter looking after her Sikh father after a debilitating stroke.