"Goldwidows" are the women whose husbands work in South Africa's mines - often without returning home for five years at a time.
GOLDWIDOWS focuses on four Basotho women of Lesotho. Although most Basotho men, and sometimes 60% at once, have worked in South Africa's gold mines, apartheid laws forbid these women and their children from entering South Africa. They are forced to live as practical widows. Each tells of her life, coping alone, caught in the inhumane web of South Africa's oppressive system.
"**** [4 Stars - Highly Recommended] ... documents little known information about an important and timely topic. Beautifully executed, this video would be appropriate for upper level high school students as well as students in college and university anthropology, sociology, women's studies, African studies, or African-American studies programs. General adult audiences using public libraries for current awareness will also find this program to be informative."—Paula C. Murphy, Video Rating Guide for Libraries
1991 Leipzig Film Festival
1991 Melbourne Film Festival
"Recommended."—Landers Film & Video Reviews
"GOLDWIDOWS is ultimately a compassionate portrait of personal struggle."—Moving Pictures Bulletin