DER Documentary

Miyah: The Life of a Javanese Woman

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by Laurie Rothstein
color, 30 min, 1999

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This is an intimate portrait of a Javanese woman who works as a servant and a cook for a prominent family in Jakarta, Indonesia. While there are many aspects of her life that are specific to circumstances pertinent to Indonesia, Miyah also presents us with a more universal picture. Women all over the world will be able to identify with the strong single parent who is approaching middle age, who must struggle with the day to day problems of making a living to support not only her own children but also her aging parents. Miyah is one of millions of women who live their lives with a kind of quiet dignity that deserves our respect and admiration. An informative program for use in women's studies, Asian studies, family and kinship, economics and development.

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