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About: Re: Query: What films for teaching African humanities

Mon, 10 Nov 1997 06:26:25 -0800 (PST)

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    Originally from: Miriam Dow <>
    Originally dated: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 06:26:25 -0800 (PST)

    Dear Colleagues,

    There is also the film -Hidden Faces--which starts out as a documentary
    about Nawal el Saadawi (about whom the film's narrator, an Egyptian woman
    living in Paris, ends up with ambiguous feelings), but also goes to an
    Egyptian village for conversations with the narrator's mother, aunts, and
    cousins (one of whom has not been circumcised), and so provides some sort
    of cultural context for the discussion. We are taken to the home of the
    narrator's brother, and see him ask his wife to put on a scarf, and
    various other elements of "thick description." Perhaps the most compelling
    person of all is the child-servant Sayyida, who has worked for the family
    since she was four--and considers herself fairly well off--except when
    tears roll down her cheeks as she describes her illiteracy.

    It's a powerful film, on many levels, including on the topic of female
    circumcision; here, that is one of the elements in the cultural matrix.

    All best,

    Miriam Dow

    The film is distributed by Women Make Movies

    On Thu, 6 Nov 1997, Mari Maasilta wrote:

    > Originally from: Mari Maasilta <>
    > Originally dated: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 07:50:56 -0800 (PST)
    > These two films have been contrasted by several participants of the list
    > and we came interested in them for our discussions about "speaking for
    > other". But there is no information how to get them. Are they distributed
    > by Women make Movies and what is www or email address of them?
    > Mari Maasilta
    > > One, as an African American, I have a lot of problems with "Warrior
    > Marks".
    > > Not to get into a long discussion of it here, but I question its
    > > perspective in "speaking for" African women. Alice Walker may be a
    > > wonderful writer and person, but she does not necessarily understand all

    > of
    > > the issues she purports to address in this film. Though technically
    > > "rougher" I would recommend "Fire Eyes" by Soraya Mire, a Somalian woman
    > > filmmaker who endured(s) female genital mutilation.
    > >

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