Big Mama

Big Mama

Streaming Video - 2012
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This Academy Award-winning documentary profiles a devoted grandmother's struggle to raise her grandson under the watchful eye of a complex and unsympathetic social welfare system. The film follows Viola Dee for 18 months as the 90-year-old cares for 9-year-old Walter in South Central Los Angeles. While contending with her own declining health and Walter's behavioral and psychiatric problems, Dee fights-with limited success-to keep Walter out of foster care. Called "a great teaching tool" by the Council on Social Work Education, the video brings to light the challenges and concerns of the all-too-common phenomenon of elderly people parenting orphaned or abandoned grandchildren.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2000
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (35 min.) :,sd., col., digital file

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