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107 Mothers (Cenzorka)
August 19 @ 8:30 pm - August 20 @ 2:40 pm
A visually compelling film about women living and working in a Ukrainian prison, 107 Mothers opens with the piercing screams of a mother and her child. Leysa (Maryna Klimova), a new inmate, is giving birth in a dour hospital room under the soft, watchful gaze of Iryna (Iryna Kiryazeva), the prison’s ward. The relationship between these two women, teeming with anxiety, suspicion and, eventually, an understated mutual respect, becomes the focal point of this quiet docufiction.
Directed by Peter Kerekes 107 Mothers pulls its material from the real-life stories of incarcerated women living at Odessa Correctional Facility Number 74, one of two in Ukrainian prisons where pregnant women can serve their sentences with their children. The brutal terms and conditions state, though, that after the child turns 3, they will be sent to an orphanage and forever separated from their mother. If a woman is lucky and her sentence ends around the child’s third birthday, she can apply for parole.
Two screenings at the Edinburgh International Film Festival see booking link below
Friday 19th August at 20.30, Everyman Cinema
Saturday 20th August at 14.40, Filmhouse Cinema 3