I found the variety of films (short clips of films) very interesting. Although they are all common on the theme of mother hood, it is very interesting to see the different representations of motherhood based on race.
What I took from it was the following:
Juno: Has the supportive family- huge relationship with family. Great communication. She talks to her parents about her situation.
Precious: Has the abusive mother; The jealous mother that thinks her “man” is taken away by her daughter; Usually black women are portrayed as strong women but not when it comes to the aspect of motherhood. Her mother needs to be supervised because she can not function properly- NOT AT ALL. It was a very difficult movie to watch.
Making comparisons, it is clear that Juno and the Waitress have more privileges and a better life quality than mothers of color- such as we saw in Precious. Another important aspect to point out from the films is that abortion is an option considered in Juno and the Waitress but it is never mentioned. We never hear the word “abortion”.
An interesting question: How does race come into play?
Waitress: Fairy tale ending.
Knocked up: Funny with a happy ending
Juno: more of a “warning sign” –> No one wants to end up like that.
Precious: a complete monster!
It is true that women have a choice and access to birth control but it is also true that access to good quality resources depends on race! ]
Final comment: Frozen River gives the aspect of motherhood a complete spin!