We are incredibly happy to announce that filming on Mama Agatha is complete! Yesterday, we filmed the colorful graduation ceremony during which Mama Agatha’s students received diplomas and brand new bicycles. After 12 weeks, all women in the course are able to cycle on the streets of Amsterdam without support.
While Mama Agatha’s students are finished, we are only getting started!
An intense period of sorting the beautiful footage and building an engaging story awaits us. Don’t forget that we are still looking for support to edit Mama Agatha – you can help by subscribing on YouTube and inviting your friends to like our Facebook page!
The team of Mama Agatha is looking forward to more updates about the project and we wish to thank the innumerable people and organizations without whom it would not be possible – among them our fantastic crew, the incredible teams at Kansrijk Zuidoost, CEC Zuidoost and Mobycon, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, our media partner The Bike in My Life, all the women in the cycling course for their patience with our filming and most of all “Mama Agatha” Agartha Frimpong and her tireless team.
We just released the second teaser for Mama Agatha!
A new student from Guyana joins Mama Agatha’s cycling class halfway through the course. She is 60 years old and never had the chance to cycle. She hopes to one day cycle with her granddaughter around the streets of Amsterdam.
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Zeronaut.be is a Brussels-based web portal dedicated to the sustainable revolution. We are super honored that Mama Agatha served as an inspiration for this fantastic article about cycling policies in Brussels by journalist Floris Van Cauwelaert. If you read Dutch, go ahead and check out Zeronaut.be. Their articles on cycling and sustainability are top-notch!
Yesterday, we had a beautiful peek into Mama Agatha’s daily life. She let us into her home to speak about the painful childhood she overcame to become the empowering bicycle trainer she is now. While walking around Amsterdam with her, she introduced us to many of the friends in her community. We got some beautiful footage, such as in the Ghanaian fabric store in Amsterdam Southeast. Stay tuned for more updates and stills!
Mobycon, the Delft-based independent traffic, transportation and mobility research and consulting company, published a feature on Mama Agatha in their June newsletter. Check it out!
The team of Mama Agatha would like to thank Annie van Cleve for conducting the interview with Fadi, and her colleague at Mobycon Angela van der Kloof, who has been a tireless supporter of Mama Agatha from the start. Mama Agatha would not be possible without Angela’s help and expertise – in fact, Angela is a pioneer of cycling courses for immigrant women, who started this work 20 years ago and also trained Mama Agatha herself.
Here’s a brand new still from last week’s filming session. More and more women in the course are cycling in the parking lot and soon the first of them will head outside to the streets of Amsterdam!
Mama Agatha has been featured on Polish cycling portal aleszprycha.pl! For those of you with command of the Polish language, check out the nice article by Agnieszka Gruszczynska.
Mama Agatha’s summer course is in its 5th week. Her students – migrant women from India, Pakistan, China, Ghana, Suriname and elsewhere – can now cycle without anyone balancing them. Next week, they move from the gym onto the parking lot… Just a few more weeks before they hit the colorful streets of Southeast Amsterdam!