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107 Mothers Cenzorka

  Peter Kerékes

  Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine     93 minutes


In a Ukrainian prison, Leysa (actress Maryna Klimova) has given birth to her first baby. But her situation isn’t unique in this women’s correctional facility, where many of the inmates are pregnant, nursing, or trying to raise children from behind bars. While Lesya struggles to fulfill her role as a mother, her warden Iryna contends with her own desire to have a child. A visually compelling and unique blend of fiction and documentary, Chicago IFF winner Peter Kerékes (Cooking History) combines startling images of incarcerated motherhood and emotionally raw interviews with real-life inmates to create a vivid, almost surreal rendering of an impossible situation.

 Russian, Ukrainian with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

In-Theater Screening

Sun, Oct 17 @ 2:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 9

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Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 14 @ 12:00pm CDT to Oct 24 @ 11:59pm CDT in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin

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Special Event

Mon, Oct 18 @ 4:00pm CDT

Livestream Q&A with director Peter Kerekes.

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Film Credits

  •   Ivan Ostrochovský
  •   Ivan Ostrochovský, Peter Kerekes
  •   Martin Piga, Thomas Ernst
  •   Martin Kolla
  •   Maryna Klimova, Iryna Kiryazeva, Lyubov Vasylyna
  •   Lucia Chuťková
  •   Punkchart films
  •   https://filmsboutique.com/movies/107-mothers/


International Competition Patron

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum