Director: Victoria Hayford | Producer: Kenny Parker
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: United Kingdom
An ode to my late mother, IMAA rediscovers the woman who raised me and about whom I realised I knew very little.
A lyrical piece, IMAA tells the story of an enterprising woman who worked hard at several businesses in the harsh economic climate of pre and post independent Ghana in order to raise her six children. It discusses her involvement in contraband to survive financial hardship and her tumultuous arranged marriage at 17 to a violent husband, whom she left as a consequence.
Using the recollections of my elder brother Creon (70, a quiet and gentle man), sister Grace (60, outspoken and gregarious), as well as my own memories, IMAA pieces together a complex yet revealing portrait of my mother and her life of 88 years, lived in Ghana and Britain.
IMAA is also a visually rich narrative, mixing dramatised sequences and interviews shot on 16mm film with home video and behind-the-scenes footage shot on a Canon 7D.
In rediscovering my mother, the documentary also gave me a chance to reconnect with my elder brother, whom I had not seen or spoken with in 25 years, despite us living a mere 30 miles apart.