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The Resource Sworn virgins, by Elvira Dones, Co-produced by RTSI Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana/ Dones Media LLC, (electronic resource)

Sworn virgins, by Elvira Dones, Co-produced by RTSI Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana/ Dones Media LLC, (electronic resource)

Label
Sworn virgins
Title
Sworn virgins
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by Elvira Dones, Co-produced by RTSI Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana/ Dones Media LLC
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Summary
Why would a girl swear to stay a virgin? What kind of tradition sanctions this form of self-denial? In a mountainous area of Albania, an ancestral code of laws -- observed to this day -- placed women in the bottom rank of society. It dictates that "a woman is a sack, made to endure." A woman cannot choose her husband, buy or sell property or express herself politically. For centuries, on a bride s wedding day, her father gave the groom two bullets, to be used to kill his daughter in case she misbehaved and dishonored the clan. But there is a loophole. The ancient laws allowed certain women known as "Sworn Virgins" to take an oath in front of their clan, announcing their intention to remain virgins. This fascinating film reports on several unusual Albanian women who dress, act, talk, drink, shoot and are respected as real men. It s not a matter of sexual orientation, and there s no surgery involved. The villagers in this area simply accept the fact that some women want to live like men because they like their freedom. They prefer to manage their own lives; they do not want to marry and have children. One such virgin, the oldest of six daughters, took over the running of the family when their parents died. Another became an accountant, saying: "I am neither wife nor mother. I loved working, I did everything for myself."
Awards note
Best Documentary, Baltimore Women's Film Festival 2007
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
Intended audience
For College; Adult audiences
Language note
This edition in Albanian; English, subtitles in English
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1960-
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  • Dones, Elvira
  • Dones Media
  • Radiotelevisione della Svizzera italiana
Runtime
52
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  • Sex role
  • Sex role
  • Women
  • Albania
Target audience
general
Label
Sworn virgins, by Elvira Dones, Co-produced by RTSI Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana/ Dones Media LLC, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?LGBT;1645988
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Publication
Note
  • Originally released as DVD
  • Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1645988/gltv
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (52 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a210749
  • (OCoLC)747797667
Video recording format
other
Label
Sworn virgins, by Elvira Dones, Co-produced by RTSI Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana/ Dones Media LLC, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?LGBT;1645988
Publication
Note
  • Originally released as DVD
  • Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1645988/gltv
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (52 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a210749
  • (OCoLC)747797667
Video recording format
other

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