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New Directions: Women of Thailand
A film by Joanne Burke
France/Thailand, 1997, 26 minutes, Color, DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W00650
In Klong Toey, Bangkok's largest slum, Duang Prateep, a foundation created and run entirely by women provides empowering choices and role models to the area's residents. Part of Joanne Burke's NEW DIRECTIONS series about innovative women in developing countries, this compelling documentary closeup of the women who carry out Duang Prateep's mandate centers on Rotjana Phraesrithong, a remarkable young social worker who first came to Klong Toey as a poor, ill-educated country girl of twelve. As it follows Rotjana in her work with the women and children of Klong Toey, the film reveals how her innovative programs promote schooling among the traditionally underserved community's children. We also see how the foundation's struggle against the spread of AIDS and other health problems is vigorously supported by housewife volunteers from Klong Toey. A valuable resource for studies focusing on the transformation of women's roles in Asia and on educational issues in the developing world, WOMEN OF THAILAND has useful applications for community-based audiences as well.


    "Inspiring and humbling. A fascinating and remarkable young woman and the inner city community she works tirelessly to support. Crafted with integrity and sensitivity, here is a strong voice for children, women, community and culture. It holds our attention and earns our respect."
    Heather Thanos
    Education Consultant, Australia

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