UMama is the brainchild of Professor Marion Keim, the Director of UWC’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Sports Science and Development. It’s based on the 2009 book uMama, in which Professor Keim compiled features on 40 South African leaders.

“The documentary challenges us to reflect on our values, and ask ourselves how committed we are to the ideals of love, respect, compassion, diversity and human dignity,” explains Prof Keim. “The powerful stories captured in uMama of mothers and their courage, endurance and the triumph of love, are an inspiration to us all. They show us the importance of defining our values and nurturing them in our children.”

Among those featured in the film are Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Tutu, Ahmed Kathrada, Judge Albie Sachs, Sobongile Khumalo, Yvonne Chaka- Chaka- Chester, Helen Suzman, Williams Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe, Zakes Mda, Elana Meyer, Prince Buthelezi, Diana Ferrus and Chris Chameleon.

In this three-part documentary, these great South Africans share with the nation the values and insights of their mothers. Collectively, these women are an important part of what gave birth to the new South Africa, yet their lives and their contributions have often gone unnoticed and unrecorded.

People who make positive contributions to society are typically driven by a clear set of values that they adhere to and which are expressed in their good work. Those values are often rooted in deeper family histories.

This project is funded by the National Lotteries Commission and made available to the public through ICESSD and the University of the Western Cape.

For more information, visit the uMama South Africa website:

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