With These Hands

Three women from three African countries—Kenya, Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso—tell of their struggle to feed their families. Their stories give a human context to Africa's relentless slide into perpetual famine.
Women, who grow 75 percent of Africa's food, are often impeded by the men in their villages and by outside business interests. They receive little help from their husbands who regard farming as demeaning, fit only for women. Often the husbands sell the land for a quick profit. This film gives insight into the women's existence and shows how they are challenging traditional male authority. Their stories are a powerful plea for support of their role in alleviating famine.
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Gold Apple, National Educational Film Festival, 1988
National Association of Women's Studies, 1988
Chris Bronze Plaque, Columbus Film Festival, 1987


"The film breathes life into women farmers, bringing to light a forgotten facet of African famine."
–Church World Service

"A more realistic and engaging film than others available, useful for imparting and understanding of sex roles, development, and non-Western economics."
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