Once a week, a group of migrant women in Amsterdam learn how to ride a bicycle. Inspiring them to let go of the fear and get behind the wheels is a Ghanaian community mother named Mama Agatha.
‘Mama Agatha’ is a heart-warming documentary about letting go of the past and the freedom of riding a bicycle.
“Beautifully shot and full to the brim with life… one of the best short films I saw this year!”
–Louise Bawtree, Quandary Productions
“The film makes a powerful argument for the bicycle’s potential as an empowering machine, giving these women who are marginalised by age, gender and ethnicity, a greater agency and independence.”
–Bruce Bennett, Lancaster University
Mama Agatha is a 59-year-old Ghanaian woman who runs a bicycle training program for migrant and refugee women in the south of Amsterdam. A ‘community mother’ with a larger-than-life personality, she teaches a group of women from Pakistan, Morocco, Somalia, China and elsewhere the most basic Dutch skill: cycling. Mama Agatha’s summer course ends in a colorful graduation ceremony where the migrant ladies receive their diplomas and take to the streets of Amsterdam on their brand new bicycles.
Over a course of 12 weeks, this short documentary follows Mama Agatha and her students on their journey from the baby steps with the bicycle until their graduation.
Impressions from the wonderful B:loft Bicycle Film Night last Thursday, the only such an event dedicated to bicycle films in Luxembourg.
Photos by Lugdivine Unfer
Music by Niko Hafkenscheid