Western Taboos Versus Tribal TraditionsStreaming Video - 2010
In England, Anna de Vere won't leave the house without putting on nail polish. In Ethiopia's drought-stricken Omo Valley, where she has come to live with the struggling Hamar tribe, her only cosmetic is the red ocher rubbed into her hair - a tradition among Hamar women and an emblem of the cultural shifts the 52-year-old Anna must contend with. This program records her month-long adventure and its impact on her way of living and thinking. For the Hamar, she learns, crying is taboo except when someone dies, and the main reason for having children is to increase one's security in old age. Perhaps most jarring, however, is the enthusiasm with which teenage Hamar girls allow their male counterparts to whip them and thereby initiate them into womanhood.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c2010
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (59 min.) :,sd., col., digital file
Alternative Title: Western Taboos versus Tribal Traditions