Character: Margaret Lewin
Directed by: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Written by: Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal
Produced by: Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, Hawk Koch
Cast Members: Halle Berry, David Strathairn, Cuba Gooding Jr., Samuel L. Jackson
Released date: March 17, 1995
Khaila Richards, a crack-addicted single mother, accidentally leaves her baby in a dumpster while high and returns the next day in a panic to find he is missing. In reality, the baby has been adopted by a warm-hearted social worker, Margaret Lewin, and her husband, Charles. Years later, Khaila has gone through rehab and holds a steady job. After learning that her child is still alive, she challenges Margaret for the custody.
• Who decides what makes a mother?
• Jessica Lange said in an interview “I let myself get talked into ‘Losing Isaiah’ because I hadn’t worked for awhile. I knew it wasn’t right, the script wasn’t right, there was no ending. It just didn’t feel right, and it never got right. It was a really difficult, and painful experience.”
• Any animal can give birth. That doesn’t make it a mother.