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A new South African documentary called “uMama” is celebrating the importance of maternal figures in transforming and shaping South Africa.

The doccie is directed by Professor Marion Keim, and was adapted from her earlier book with the same name and subject matter.

"Umama" explores the influence of mothers and grandmothers on a range of famous and influential South African figures in fields such as sport, politics and entertainment.

Prof Keim says the book promotes values and the role of women and mothers in nation-building.

Most mothers highlighted in the film have instilled the same values in their children, across cultural backgrounds.

I became a mother very late in life - I was 40 with my first child and at 46 with the second.

Professor Marion Keim Lees, author, film producer and community-building expert

It was a collection of stories that developed into something that people had an interest in.

Professor Marion Keim Lees, author, film producer and community-building expert

They remembered their mothers, their grandmothers and what influence and values they passed on to them.

Professor Marion Keim Lees, author, film producer and community-building expert

Whether Xhosa, Sotho, Zulu, Afrikaans, Ndebele or Jewish; they remembered their mothers' values such a s respect, integrity, human dignity and community spirit.

Professor Marion Keim Lees, author, film producer and community-building expert

There's a tremendous importance in the shaping of a strong and powerful and proud nation.

Professor Marion Keim Lees, author, film producer and community-building expert

Listen to Prof Keim talk about the importance of the documentary:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Mzansi doccie celebrates role of the mother figure in shaping the nation

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