by Savanah Leaf
Country: USA
Year: 2023
Duration: 97'

A pregnant single mother, with two children in foster care, embraces her Bay Area community as she fights to reclaim her family.


film director

Savanah Leaf

(London, England, 1993) initially attended San Jose State University and later moved to the University of Miami, where she graduated in psychology. In 2016, she directed her first experimental short film with F Word and then went on to make music videos for artists such as Mabel, Kojo Funds, Gary Clark Jr., Jazzanova, Jorja Smith and Common. In 2020, she made the documentary short The Heart Still Hums, which received awards at Palm Springs, Nashville and the BlackStar Film Festival. In 2023, she directed her first feature film, Earth Mama, which was screened at various international festivals including Sundance, Mumbai, San Francisco, Jerusalem, Monaco and the BFI London Film Festival.


F Word (cm, 2016), Mabel Feat. Kojo Funds: Finders Keepers (videclip, 2017), Fin (cm, 2017), The Ayes Have It (cm, 2017), Jazzanova Feat. Jamie Cullum: Let’s Live Well (videoclip, 2018), Gary Clark Jr.: This Land (videoclip, 2019), Gary Clark Jr.: What About Us (videoclip, 2019), The 4th Wave (cm, 2019), Common Feat. Daniel Caesar: HER Love (videoclip, 2019), Marvin Gaye: What’s Going on (videoclip, 2019), The Heart Still Hums (cm, 2020), Jorja Smith: Addicted (videoclip, 2021), Run (cm, 2023), Earth Mama (2023).


film director

“The film for me is about maternity, not just in the sense of pregnancy, but about all these different types of maternal figures who appear in your life whether it be your best friend or a teacher or maybe a mother who isn’t your mother by blood, but they are there for you in that way. I grew up in quite a small family of almost all women. I never knew my father. So, I surrounded myself with people who created a larger family around me. I thought of this film as an ode to all those people. They are reflected in each of the characters. And parts of me in different phases of my life are also reflected in the characters."


& Credits

DIRECTOR, SCREENPLAY: Savanah Leaf. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jody Lee Lipes. EDITING: George Cragg. PRODUCTION DESIGN: Juliana Barreto Barreto. COSTUME DESIGN: Natasha Hester. MUSIC: Kelsey Lu. CAST: Erika Alexander, Doechii, Keta Price, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Dominic Fike, Bokeem Woodbine. PRODUCERS: Cody Ryder, Shirley O’Connor, Medb Riorda, Sam Bisbee, Savanah Leaf. PRODUCTION: A24, Academy Films, Film4, Net-Net Worldwide, Park Pictures.

CONTACT: Universal Studios Usa