Families of the World Documentaries

Families of the World

a documentary series by Eleanor, Evan, and Mark Marquisee.

This is a magnificent set of short documentaries, one half-hour each, focused on showing a day-in-the-life of two children per country – one child in a rural setting, and one who lives in an urban setting. Each episode shows the child’s home life, school life, and religious life (if applicable). It also shows their parents’ work, and the types of food and entertainment that the family enjoys.

Twenty-eight countries are included in the series, demonstrating the normal, everyday life of children in a wide variety of cultures, scattered around the globe.

Parents Beware: In “Families of Afghanistan”, a girl’s grandfather is shown with missing arms, due to a land-mine explosion. In “Families of India”, and “Families of Ghana”, some mysogyny is evident in the degrading way that women of the family are treated by the men, including by their own, teenaged sons.

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