« Cultura preta, maternidade
e força »

« We enjoy the sensory, almost textural images of the film: the sky, the water, the graffitied walls of the shantytown, the bodies dancing, and motorbikes circling »

Sounds And Colours
United Kingdom

« The film presents a cultural crossover between European and Caribbean Africa, with a celebratory Afrobeat soundtrack and lightly, but credibly sketched, characters.»

25 Years Later
United Kingdom

« A nuanced take on family ties and cultural roots »

« A drama with a very fast pace, but also incredibly engaging »

« Quando o Caribe, a Europa e a África se encontram »
« When the Caribbean, Europe and Africa meet »

“Bantú Mama” is a beautiful tale of friendship that teaches children and adult the importance of being co-dependent or being in charge of something bigger than yourself"

"beautifully photographed, immersive narrative that is full of understated, yet powerful, performances"

« With splendorous cinematography and this fascinating lead, Bantú Mama goes beyond a stereotypical tale of violence experienced by foreign outsiders. It's a song of love about Santo Domingo, a melancholic reverie of maternal affection, love blossoming in times of strife »

« In their own way, each character transcends the negative stereotypes they usually carry in the hood folklore. »

« Bantú Mama ou comment humaniser le "hood folklore »

« This surprisingly heartfelt and thoughtful film draws the audience in through compelling methods »

Love London
Love Culture

United Kingdom

« A nuanced take on family ties and cultural roots »

« Herrera’s exploration of the African diaspora in Bantú Mama does ask questions about identity, family, and the meaning of home which truly resonate »

"Una película dominicana hermosamente filmada, y que brilla en donde cuenta. Se sienten las raíces caribeñas de la historia y los personajes de principio a fin. La esperanza es la protagonista aquí, como Clarisse Albrecht, quien co-escribió el guión, lidera el camino con su actuación."

"A competent and touching film overall and one allowing me to connect back with the art of my parents and ancestors."

« Uneasy yet hopeful, Bantú Mama refreshingly tells us a story through Afro-European and Afro-Caribbean eyes. From start to finish, we have an excellent film that pulls you in and astounds you.»

Upcoming On Screen
United Kingdom

« Bantú Mama is a whimsical and compelling portrait of a women whose life has taken an unexpected turn for the worse. »

« An expression telling a thousand words. Bantú Mama is a all about second chances.
It’s pacing and minimalism will not be for some, but it’s a finely crafted character study.»

Backseat Mafia
United Kingdom

« Director Ivan Herrera has crafted a complex, yet endearing story of survival, cultural similarities and differences in a world laden with contraction »

The Curvy Critic
United States

« Reyes tiene una presencia cautivadora »
« Reyes has a captivating presence »

« BANTÚ MAMA is an enriching delight that will make you embrace your loved ones tighter »

"A wonderful film"




«Dominicano Iván Herrera lleva a 'Bantú mama' una parte desconocida de su país»


«Ivan spoke to us about the moment he realised he wanted to be a filmmaker, his transition from commercial to independent projects, and unpacked why Bantú Mama is an ode to transculturalism»

Trinidad & Tobago

«La película dominicana ‘Bantú Mama’ aborda la "reconexión con las raíces africanas"»


« 'Bantú Mama' Aims to Unlearn America As the Ultimate Destination of Happiness & Success »

Marjua Estevez

Having its World Premiere in the Global section at SxSW 2021 Online, we talk with director Ivan Herrera of BANTU MAMA

Jason Whyte