These four half hour films reveal the changing roles of women in the Arab world. They examine Arab women in the midst of, and coping with, the religious, political, and economic upheavals which continue to transform the Middle East.
Titles in WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST series:
(Study guides are available for each film)
- THE PRICE OF CHANGE - Examines the effect of non-domestic work on five Egyptian women.
- SAINTS AND SPIRITS - Explores the personal dimensions of Islam during three religious events in Morocco.
- A VEILED REVOLUTION - Considers the possible reasons for modern Egyptian women's turn back to tradition.
- WOMEN UNDER SIEGE - Looks at the daily lives of six women in a besieged Palestinian refugee camp.
"The producer of these films, Elizabeth Fernea, is a writer whose experience in the Near East goes back about 30 years. Consequently, the films represent a distillation of understanding difficult to match. Although the focus of these films is on women - and would, therefore, be useful for any social science course in women's studies - the films are also fine for general anthropology, for political science courses about the contemporary Near East, and for the sociology of social change."—Psychology of Women Quarterly