Léontine, Antoinette, Rosine... Béninoises
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A look at the lifestyle of the women of Benin, West Africa. The women explain their family responsabilities and their economic role in traditional fishing. Their daily activities are divided into two models of work organisaton: the first is traditional and focuses on the individual and the family; the second, which is more recent, is cooperative. Finally, we learn how the women of Benin see their role in society and how they pass it on to their daughters.

1990
Canada
19:45
Original language
French

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Credits

Direction
Diane Turcotte
Diane Trottier
Screenplay
Diane Turcotte
Editing
Diane Turcotte
Camera
Diane Turcotte
Sound
Diane Turcotte
Assistant Director
Denise Turcotte
Participants
Léon Hounsounou
Antoinette Bidi
Philomene Degla
Elisabeth Gandaho
Leontine Gbeti
Les femmes de Hio
Online Editing
Johane Frechette
Diane Turcotte
Voice
Emmanuelle Ott
Mixing
Christophe Lambert
Infographics
Catherine Renault
Set Photographer
Sylvie Bessette
Production
Productions Filles en vue
Diane Turcotte
Diane Trottier

Technical information

Color
Color
Shooting format
Betacam SP

Documentation

Further information

Commentary by Claire Valade, Film critic from Quebec

Diane Turcotte’s documentary should be seen with À Danku, la soupe est plus douce by Garry Beitel and Kababaihan: Filipina Portraits by Malcolm Guy and Marie Boti. These are paeans to the women of the developing world and their backbreaking work, so brave and crucial for their communities and countries. Three documentaries in a more or less classic mode that make extremely interesting observations for the age of globalization and sustainable development.

Keywords
Woman, Role, Africa, Work, Poverty, Benin