They carry their families

Life in a rural village in Mauritania is hard on women. Tradition and Islamic religion are intertwined to reinforce strict gender roles. The husband is the protector and keeper; his word is law. While the men take their ease, the girls and women are off to the fields during the peanut planting and h...

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Main Author: Zamperoni, Ingo A.
Corporate Author: Filmakers Library, inc
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: New York, NY Filmakers Library 2000, 2000, 1998
Series:Ethnographic video online, volume 1
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Collection: Ethnographic Video Online Vol. 1 - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:Life in a rural village in Mauritania is hard on women. Tradition and Islamic religion are intertwined to reinforce strict gender roles. The husband is the protector and keeper; his word is law. While the men take their ease, the girls and women are off to the fields during the peanut planting and harvest season, walking five miles each way, and coming home with heavy burdens from the fields to prepare the family dinner. They carry the water, sweep the yard, wash the clothes, and care for the children. This short, beautifully filmed video captures succinctly the subservience of women, while at the same time remaining respectful of tradition and culture. There are no drugs, alcohol or loneliness in this kind of community, where family bonds are very strong. We hear from several young Peace Corps workers in the village who are hopeful that by educating and thereby widening the horizons of young women, eventually women will have more choices. From a Western perspective, the future of Africa depends on education and family planning
Item Description:Originally released as DVD.. - Title from resource description page (viewed Nov. 6, 2012)
Physical Description:1 online resource (12 min.)