‘Umama’ is Smith’s aching portrait of a mother’s unthinkable loss, inspired by the director’s childhood recollection of Susan’s (also called Sibongile in the film) own son’s death. Even in its most harrowing moments, ‘Umama’ honors Susan’s devotion and faithfulness to the Smith family, depicted most lovingly in her promise kept to the family’s young daughter.
Sibongile, a domestic worker in South Africa, wakes to find her son missing. This story is about that day and the real relationships that inspired the film.
The film stars Connue Chiume (from Black Panther and Rhythm City fame) as Sibongile.