Segments in this Video

Work Hazard (02:36)


Dar-es-Salaam Quarry women pound large rocks into gravel. One woman accidentally hits her finger.

Inside the Quarry (01:58)

See people and machinery at the Dar-es-Salaam Quarry.

Quarry Workers (02:26)

At the Dar-es-Salaam quarry, women transport large rocks while others pound them into gravel.

Pounding Stones (02:08)

At the Dar-es-Salaam quarry, women pound stones into gravel with small hammers. A child brings one woman water.

Typical Day in the Quarry (02:49)

At the Dar-es-Salaam quarry, a woman hurts her hand. Another woman pounds rocks with a child in her lap. The women begin singing.

Dar-es-Salaam Quarry Piles (04:02)

See large stone piles and watch as women load their baskets. Hear the women sing as they pound rocks into gravel. A woman shovels gravel into piles.

Break in the Day (04:01)

Dar-es-Salaam Quarry women gather in the shade to make a meal. Children play a game with stones.

Beans and Rice (02:04)

Dar-es-Salaam Quarry women eat a meal in the shade.

Hard Labor (04:55)

Dar-es-Salaam Quarry women sift gravel and dig in the dirt for large rocks; they pause for a drink of water.

Families at Dar-es-Salaam Quarry (02:38)

Men drill into the hillside. Women sort and sift rocks while children find ways to entertain themselves. One woman nurses her child. (Nudity)

Dar-es-Salaam Quarry (03:21)

A controlled explosion loosens rock from the hillside. Women excitedly gather around a small group of other women. Conveyor belts transport gravel to large piles.

"What Kind of Jungle is This?" (04:32)

Dar-es-Salaam Quarry women sing as they pound rocks. One woman continues to work despite her injured hand.

"Mother of Children" (02:00)

Dar-es-Salaam Quarry women sing and clap as they pound rocks. One woman dances on the rock pile and another takes her place.

End of the Day (02:58)

Dar-es-Salaam Quarry women stand one-by-one and make their way out of the quarry. Learn quarry statistics and general facts about the women.

Independent Worker (02:27)

One woman shovels rocks after most of the other Dar-es-Salaam Quarry workers have left.

Credits: These Hands (00:43)

Credits: These Hands

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This documentary showing a day in the life of immigrant women chipping rocks into gravel outside Dar-es-Salaam, is both a protest against the oppression of African Women and a tribute to their resilience. In this film, the camera acts as a compassionate witness to a day in the life of Mozambican women refugees. We slowly come to recognize that these women are, in fact, parts of a giant machine, not just the quarry but the international economic system as a whole. The rocks, the women, the scarred landscape, are being constantly ground into the common currency of industrial civilization.With English subtitles.

Length: 47 minutes

Item#: BVL57853

Copyright date: ©1992

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