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: Oscar Molina
Producers: Brenda I. Steinecke Soto
& Oscar Molina
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
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Distribution (Theatrical for Colombia):
Distribution (Educational Market):
Actor Inmaterial Producciones
Colombia & United States
Year of completion: 2020
La casa de Mama Icha
Phone: Oscar Molina + 57 312 2269113
Phone: Brenda I. Steinecke Soto
+ 57 305 2252522
Official Selection of POV’s 2021 season on PBS, United States
Official Selection and Honorable Mention Philadelphia Latino Film Festival 2021
Official Selection Cartagena International Film Festival 2020
In Colombia: Summer/Fall 2021 (tbc).
•ChileDoc, CONECTA con el impacto, Santiago de Chile, 2019
•Special Mention, BAM Screenings, Bogotá Audiovisual Market, Bogotá, Colombia, 2019
•Selection at Residencias Walden, Medellín, Colombia, 2018
•Postproduction Grant by Comisión Fílmica de Medellín, Colombia, 2017
•Artist Residency, Fundación Espacio Arte, Medellín, Colombia, 2017
•Postproduction Grant by Centro Ático – Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia, 2016
•Selection at DocuLab.8, Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara, México, 2016
•Selection at Documentary Workshop, Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena, Colombia, 2016
•Selection at Spotlight on Documentaries - Independent Film Program Week, IFP, New York, United States, 2015
•Selection at development workshop, DocsBarcelona+Medellín, Colombia, 2014
•Production Grant for a short documentary by the Colombian Film Fund, FDC-Proimágenes, Colombia, 2014
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”.