Mama Black Widow

Mama Black Widow is adapted from the novel written by Iceberg Slim, who was one of America’s most famous and bestselling African-American authors. It is the portrait of a black family’s migration from the Mississippi fields of the segregated south to the supposedly more open-minded underground of Chicago in the 1930s. The story follows Otis Tilson’s struggle to keep his family together as they navigate through a city rife with alcoholism, pimping, sexual deviancy and racial degradation. Told in stark and uncompromising language, this tale of a family’s journey is a harsh testament of lives lived on the margins of a racist and predatory urban world.