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A Question of Rights Series
House on Fire
Jamaica

Breaking the cycle of domestic violence.

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15 minutes
Directed by Diane Best
Produced by Emily Marlow & Jenny Richards, Television Trust for the Environment



Mother-of-eight Gloria Jones is used to being beaten by her husband, James. It's part of the heritage Jamaican women expect from their menfolk. She, in turns, beats her children. How can this cycle of violence be broken?

The Caribbean has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the world. Triggered by unemployment and drug use, it's also perpetuated by a culture that still fails to condemn violence against women, and sexual violence in particular, as a crime.

Other titles in the series are:

World of Difference - Introductory film about women and human rights.

Girls from Chaka Street - The break-up of the Soviet Union leaves some women with few options but prostitution.

Young Wives' Tales - Very early marriage threatens girls' health and survival.

Caught in the Crossfire - Plight of women in Fiji.



Grade Level: 10-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1998     Copyright Date: 1998
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-877-5     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-763-8




Reviews
"This film explores the staggering rate of domestic violence in Jamaica and links contemporary violence to the historical consequences of slavery."
Timothy McGettigan, author of UTOPIA ON WHEELS


PURCHASE
DVD $59
VHS $59
RENT
DVD $35
VHS $35

House on Fire


"Links contemporary violence to the historical consequences of slavery." Timothy McGettigan, Wake Forest University

Links
www.tve.org (The producer's web site)


Subjects
Anthropology
Central America/The Caribbean
Developing World
Domestic Violence
Humanities
Social Change
Social Psychology
United Nations
Women's Studies


Related Titles

The Alarm Rings Softly
Caribbean women use drama and reggae to fight domestic violence.

Not The Numbers Game
Six films from around the world on women solving the twin problems of population and development.


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