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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

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.


The women in Mama Agatha’s course come from all corners of the world. Most of them speak neither Dutch nor English. They come from different cultures and religions, yet what connects them all is the will to learn something many of us take for granted: to ride a bike.
What Mama Agatha teaches these women more than just cycling. She gives them the courage to explore their own skills, interact with their environment and empowers them to find their own way into society – on two wheels.
Mama Agatha’s initiative proves how a simple idea such as a cycling course can have a massive impact and radically improve the lives of marginalized social groups. She and her students are living proof that physical mobility = social mobility.



Latest Announcement

13 Dec

Mama Agatha meets Bike Anjo

Bike Anjo is a wonderful volunteer network of experienced cyclists who teach people all over Brazil to ride safely on the streets, for free. During their national meeting last weekend, we were honored to show Mama Agatha – and now here is an unexpected suprise: Bike Anjo’s JP Amaral just met Mama Agartha in Amsterdam!
Watch her message below!

Recado Mama Agatha para Rede Bike Anjo

Exibimos o Mama Agatha – The Film no #3ENBA e para nossa surpresa, o bike anjo JP Amaral, estava em Amsterdã, Holanda, e conheceu a MAMA AGATHA.Confiram o recado mega carinhoso que ela enviou para todas as pessoas que fazem a Rede Bike Anjo! 0=))))

Posted by Bike Anjo on Tuesday, December 13, 2016