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Beauty of a Mother

Mma Nma (Beauty of a mother) - A documentary about five market women who share their experiences and the lengths and struggles they go through to provide for their families.

MMA NMA is the story that depicts the beauty, strength, resourcefulness and struggles of the African woman and the quest to remind them of how truly beautiful they are.

In the daily quest for sustenance, so much emphasis is placed on ensuring their families and loved ones are catered for, often to their own detriment. They have no time to look their best or care about their outward appearance and as such the beauty within them goes unnoticed, Laila said.

Layers are peeled back, Stories are told, tears are shared, hopes revealed and for a while the women are reminded of how truly beautiful they are and that same beauty can always be found in even in the most obscure of places.

  • Laila Cadne Rahman
  • Laila Cadne Rahman
  • Laila Cadne Rahman
  • Ibidunni Oladayo
    Director of Photography
  • Emmanuel Oyeleke
  • Seamstress Lagos
  • MegaGrowth and Darling Nigeria
    Hair and Hair styling
  • Laila Cadne Studios
    Head makeup Artist
  • Makeup by Kofo
    Assistant Makeup Artist
  • Uju
    Assistant Makeup Artist
  • Felix Babalola
    Post Production
  • Prince Meyson
    Post Production
  • Timmy Davies
    Post Production
  • Ajoke Rashida
    Key Cast
  • Dorcas Odeyemi
    Key Cast
  • Kudirat Sobowale Akinola
    Key Cast
  • Mariam Animashaun
    Key Cast
  • Muniyat Faayii
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    "Mma Nma"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 5, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
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  • Documentary
Distribution Information
  • Laila Cadne
    Country: Nigeria
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Laila Cadne Rahman

Laila Cadne-Rahman is a serial creative and entrepreneur; She’s the Head makeup artist at “Laila Cadne Atelier “, Filmmaker, Brand identity manager, Beauty enthusiast, and into streetwear fashion design.
In 2014, Laila was the makeup artist on the winning team for the fayrouz L’originale competition (TEAM ELAN).
She released her lookbook which received awesome feedback from top fashion and beauty blogs including Bella Naija. According to BN, the lookbook was compiled to show “how skillfully she can spin the human face into a work of art with a stroke of a brush“. She explores her creativity through painting and craft and dares to “walk on the wild side of makeup”.
She’s debuted her film making career in 2018 with the Short film Documentary called “MMA NMA” - Beauty of Mother and released another project called “ANTI”.
Laila has worked with brands and celebrities alike. Brands - Guaranty Trust Bank, Gionee, Pernord Ricard - Chivas, Wema Bank, Toshiba, Godrej - Darling and Mega growth Nigeria, DJ Cuppy, Yagazie Emezie, Zainab Balogun, Linda Ejiofor, Fade Ogunro, Stephanie Coker, Aphrodija and more!

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Director Statement

For this Project, I wanted women to feel like they are still beautiful regardless of everything that they get involved in to make ends meet and reduce situations where they can cater for themselves.