Gender Montage (Georgia): Paradigms in Post Soviet Space: Invisible (video)

Gender Montage (Georgia): Paradigms in Post Soviet Space: Invisible (video)

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External Documentary
Publication Year
2003
Language
English (US)

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This documentary explores the gender division of roles and rights within the Azerbaijani community (mostly Shiite Muslims) in post-Soviet Georgia. At seven percent of the population, Azerbaijanis make up the largest ethnic minority group in Georgia. Azerbaijani society is traditionally patriarchal and adheres to strictly gender-divided roles. Women are viewed as subordinate and inferior to men. For an Azerbaijani woman, education, especially learning Georgian, can be a passport to the outside world, but early marriages and cultural taboos often limit girls' access to education. The invisible, unpaid agrarian labor of Azerbaijani women supplies food to the community and also to the country of Georgia as a whole, while men maintain ownership of the land and profits.

Gender Montage is a series of nine films from nine countries that explores the state of women in the Post-Soviet era. In some places women are impelled merely to get used to the new economic realities, while in other places, their lives are in permanent danger. Almost nowhere do societies wish to listen to their voices when they speak about their realities. Countries include: Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.