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The Desired Number
A film by Ngozi Onwurah
Nigeria, 1995, 28 minutes, Color, VHS, Subtitled
Order No. W99072
THE DESIRED NUMBER uses the Ibu Eze ceremony in Nigeria to highlight how family planning issues often conflict with traditional family values. Nigeria is Africa's most populous country, yet has one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world. The Ibu Eze ceremony, which celebrates women who have given birth to large numbers of children, is perhaps the only recognition a woman will receive for her efforts. Contrasting with the festivities are views of community members who raise the idea that praising large families without considering quality of life is not necessarily a blessing for women.

"The Desired Number" is only available as part of the series "Women's Lives and Choices" which was produced by Daniel Riesenfeld for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. All three films in the series are available for the special price of $295.

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