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DVD006829

Housemaids

Mascaro, Gabriel

Icarus Films

Title:
Housemaids
Alternate Title:
Doméstica
Director:
Mascaro, Gabriel
Production Co:
Desvia; FiGa Films
Description:
DVD - Region 1.   viewing copy.   1 videodisc of 1.
Feature.   75 minutes.   color.   sound - Dolby.  
Country:
Brazil
Year:
2012
Publisher:
Icarus Films
Language:
Portuguese language with English subtitles
Genre:
Documentary
Notes:
Housemaids are an integral part of the household in Brazil and participate in the day-to-day life of the family. The employment of housemaids is almost obligatory among the middle and upper classes of the country. The vast majority of these housemaids are black women who face high levels of inequality based on their gender, race, and social class. Their role in the household raises important questions about public and private space, endurance and choice, and labor and family life. For HOUSEMAIDS, director Gabriel Mascaro asked seven adolescents to film their family’s housemaids for one week and hand the footage over to him. Their images uncover the complex relationship that exists between housemaids and their employers, a relationship that confuses intimacy and power in the workplace and provides us an insight into the echoes of a colonial past that linger in contemporary Brazil. Awarded Best Film at the 2012 Panorama Internacional Coisa De Cinema.