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Message from: Mari Maasilta (
About: Re: Query: What films for teaching African humanities

Tue, 11 Nov 1997 06:56:05 -0800 (PST)

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    Originally from: Mari Maasilta <>
    Originally dated: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 06:56:05 -0800 (PST)

    Thank you for Miriam Dow for presenting this film which at least for me
    is unknown. I' d like to know something about the director and the way
    how the film was made. Do you have any information on this?

    Thanks also for those who have given the address of Women Make
    Movies. But what about "Fire Eyes" by Soraya Mire, is there any
    information how to get hold on this film? It sounds really interesting.

    Mari Maasilta

    > 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.

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