SYNOPSIS: A Nigerian mother passes on culture and tradition by teaching her daughter how to make afang soup.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: HMAS is an adaptation of Girl, a short story by Jamaica Kincaid. In the story, a mother instructs her daughter on the proper behavior, dress, and bearing of a young woman, placing a heavy emphasis on cooking, grooming, and upkeep of the house.

"Wash the white clothes on Monday and put them on the stone heap; wash the color clothes on Tuesday and put them on the clothesline to dry; don't walk barehead in the hot sun; cook pumpkin fritters in very hot sweet oil; don't sing benna in Sunday school; you mustn't speak to wharf–rat boys, not even to give directions."

Excerpt from Girl, by Jamaica Kincaid. Full text here.

In life, as in film, food is a rich metaphor for love, family, and home. It is how we identify ourselves, how we nurture others, and an important part of our cultural and social upbringing. In How to Make Afang Soup, the lessons that the young mother teaches ultimately shape her daughter into the grown woman she becomes. And as the aged mother nears death, these lessons become even more important.

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