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Stories of Honor and Shame
A Film by Antonia Caccia
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The Gaza Strip endured 27 years of Israeli occupation and a prolonged Palestinian uprising. It is now partially administered by the Palestinian National Authority. This film takes us behind the scenes and reveals for the first time the hidden lives of the Palestinian women who live there.

Through a series of remarkable personal accounts, fifteen women reveal their roles in a patriarchal Islamic society where men dictate most aspects of life. The film shows the resilience and courage of women who, despite very difficult circumstances, all speak with enormous dignity and grace. Together they give an in depth picture of the complexity and pathos of women's lives in this very restrictive traditional society.

"A beautifully crafted work. It's wonderfully shot, and edited to a rhythm that perfectly matches the subject matter. The faces of those extraordinary women still haunt me; their dignity and bravery preserved forever, their voices and incredible stories keep surfacing to my consciousness." - Mike Hodges (Croupier)


58 minutes / color
Release: 1996
Copyright: 1996
Sale: $298

Subject areas:
Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Gaza, Middle East, Sociology, Women's Studies

Related Titles:
Against My Will: The stories of three women who took refuge at the Dastak women's shelter in Pakistan, founded to help women fleeing abusive and murderous families.

Crimes of Honour: Filmed in Jordan and on the West Bank, investigates the terrible reality of femicide - the killing of sisters or daughters suspected of losing their virginity, for having refused an arranged marriage or having left a husband.

This Way Up: Near Jerusalem, the construction of the separation wall continues, a few feet from a senior citizens' home.

Young Freud in Gaza: Ayed is a young psychotherapist in Gaza. The film shows his consultations with a variety of patients, and the challenges he and they face.

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