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.
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!
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’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!
Aaaand action! Mama Agatha just entered production a few minutes ago! We’re super excited to start filming together with a diverse and colorful group of women from all around the world determined to master the bicycle, and our talented crew – director Fadi Hindash, cinematographers Sanna Mensonides and Nina da Costa, and sound recordist Susanne Helmer. Stay tuned for some exclusive previews of the first footage.
This documentary is made with support from Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and Camalot.