La casa de Mama Icha
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Running Time: 85 minutes (director’s cut); 82 minutes (POV cut)
Lenguage: Spanish (with English subtitles).
Writer, Director, Cinematographer & Assistant Editor:
Producers: Oscar Molina & Brenda I. Steinecke Soto
Co-Producers: Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz, Jorge Martín Molina Escobar & La Tina Sonido
Executive Producers for POV: Justine Nagen & Chris White
Producing Company: Actor Inmaterial Producciones
Distribution (Theatrical for Colombia): Cine Colombia
Distribution (Educational Market): Actor Inmaterial Producciones
Production Countries: Colombia & United States
Year of completion: 2020
La casa de Mama Icha Official Trailer
Phone: Oscar Molina + 57 312 2269113
Phone: Brenda I. Steinecke Soto + 57 305 2252522
Produced in assoiation with American Documentary | POV
93-year-old Mama Icha wants to return home. Even now after 33 years of living in the US, she dreams of spending her last days in Mompox, Colombia, in the house she patiently built there with money she sent. Her life in the US has been comfortable, but an ancestral desire to return to the land of origin pushes her. Upon her arrival, the idyllic home she imagined confronts the disrepair created by years of separation and economic inequality.
Mama Icha feels the end of her life close and only thinks of one thing: returning to her homeland, Colombia. Decades ago, she had immigrated to the United States to help her daughter with the care of the grandchildren. She dreams of the Magdalena River in the sunset, being surrounded by her family and neighbors in the patio of the house she built during the years of absence with the money she sent from abroad. But the idyllic world of her memories is confronted with deteriorated family relationships and the repercutions of economic inequality. “The House of Mama Icha” is an observational documentary that portraits the heroic return of 93-year-old Maria Donisia Navarro to Colombia. It is a film that explores the legacies of migration and immerses us in the heartbreaking reality of power struggles in families, when seniors become dependent on the care of others.
Mama Icha embodies the dream of many migrants to spend their last days in the houses that they built in their place of origin with remittances. "The House of Mama Icha" is part of "Mi Casa My Home", a transmedia documentary trilogy that reflects on the meaning of 'home' when it is crossed by the experience of migration.
Oscar Molina - Writer, Diretor, Producer, Cinemtographer & Assistant Editor
"La casa de Mama Icha" is a declaration of love to one's land. In a time of great displacements, of fragmentation of the bonds of belongingness, of preponderance of certain hegemonic cultural values, Mama Icha with her story resignifies the relevance that has the sense of rootedness. She, heroically and with the strength of an ancestral thought, faces great obstacles to meet the goal of living her last days and die in the land of origin. "La casa de Mama Icha" also mirrors family conflicts and how confronting they are, specially when the elders approach the end of their days. Altogether, this story brings us to think about the multiple meanings of the experience of “home”.