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Umoja, the Village Where Men Are Forbidden [electronic resource]

Nour Productions
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
In the Samburu district of Kenya, women have only the rights they can seize for themselves. To break free from spousal abuse, forced marriage, genital mutilation, and the spread of HIV/AIDS-and to defend themselves against rape by local British soldiers-a group of abandoned Samburu women founded Umoja, a village off-limits to men. Two decades on, the tiny community is thriving, but in a growing climate of menace as the Samburu men seek any means to destroy Umoja and reestablish the age-old status quo. Filmed on location, this program gives a voice to town matriarch Rebecca Lolosoli and other villagers who communicate their determination to remain free while painting a realistic picture of their uphill battle to establish gender equality in the region-and to simply survive.
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52 min.
Portions with English subtitles
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on July 01, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Gender Roles in Samburu district of Kenya (1:45)
  • Life in Kenya Without Men (3:00)
  • Founding Umoja (3:59)
  • Protectors of the Women's Village (3:04)
  • British Intruders in Samburu, Kenya (3:11)
  • British Army Presence in Samburu (1:31)
  • Kiltamany Village, Samburu Game Reserve (5:11)
  • Education in Umoja (3:49)
  • Male Perspective on Women's Village (2:26)
  • Male Threat to Umoja (2:29)
  • Men's Village (5:54)
  • Petition to the British Government (4:00)
  • Kenyatta International Conference Center, Nairobi (3:40)
  • Gender Equality Conference, Nairobi (3:01)
  • Update on Women's Village (2:41)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2008.
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41366 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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