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Women of Niger
Femmes du Niger
A film by Anne Laure Folly
Togo, 1993, 26 minutes, Color, DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W99265
Niger is a traditionally Islamic country where authorized polygamy and Muslim fundamentalism clash with the country’s struggle for democracy. In elections in 1993, men voted by proxy for their different wives and daughters. Women who speak out about their rights have been physically attacked and ex-communicated by the ayatollahs. Working together, women are the most ardent defenders of democracy, which offers the best hope of winning the equal rights which are still denied them. Critical viewing for those interested in women’s human rights and the impact of fundamentalism.


  • Montreal African Film Festival, Human Rights Prize

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    “A passionate account of how women in Niger are battling enormous social and religious obstacles to win their democratic rights.”
    Moving Pictures Bulletin

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