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They Carry Their Families: A Village In Mauritania

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Filmakers Library
Closed Captioned:
Running Time: 14 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 1998
Available in French: No

Life in a rural village in Mauritania is hard on women. Tradition and Islamic religion are intertwined to reinforce strict gender roles. This short, beautifully filmed video captures succinctly the subservience of women, while at the same time remaining respectful of tradition and culture. 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.

Awards: Associated Press Best Enterprise Reporting (New England)