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Migrant Mother

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 28 November 2010

Migrant Mother by Michael Symmons Roberts

A lyrical drama inspired by the events which led to Dorothea Lange's iconic photograph of Florence Owens Thompson.

California 1936. Florence Owens Thompson and her family have joined the thousands of migrant workers flocking across America in search of work. Homeless, desperately hungry and faced with the threat of mob violence, her hopeful resolution is quickly fading.

Photographer Dorothea is following the migrants to their make-shift refugee camps, desperate to find the image which will capture the extent of their hardship, to bring about a change in American policy and hearts. A chance meeting with Florence could bring about the image she is looking for.

Although inspired by a true story, certain events and characters have been created or changed for dramatic effect.

Dorothea .....Teresa Gallagher
Paul ..... Ian Porter
Florence ..... Anne Wittman
Jim ..... Kerry Shale
Henry ..... Allen Lidkey
Troy ..... Oliver Lee
Receptionist ..... Kathryn Hunt

Music by Pat Mo Sheeran

Written by Michael Symmons Roberts
Directed by Susan Roberts
Producer: Charlotte Riches.

  • Full Migrant Mother Image by Dorothea Lange

    Full Migrant Mother Image by Dorothea Lange


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