Screening - THE SILENT MONOLOGUE

THE SILENT MONOLOGUE

Time

Date

Location

Admission

2:00pm

Thursday, October 6, 2011

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

FREE

Directed by
Charlie Van Damme
Screenplay
Charlie Van Damme, Khady Sylla
Country
(Senegal 2008)

Running time

Genre

45 mins

Documentary

Synopsis

In the voice-over, we hear the thoughts of Amy, a girl from a rural area of Senegal who s a domestic worker for a well-to-do family in Dakar.  She complains about her employer, who continuously criticises her and gets on her case, and she talks about her dream of one day opening her own eatery.  The contrast with her vast and barren native region is enormous.  In Dakar, some 150,000 young women work as housekeepers for families whose daughters can go to school. "Why does the emancipation of some result in the servitude of others?" They interview other young maids who dream of going to school, and they film a woman who shouts her furious lyrics straight into the camera in rapper-like fashion: "I keep your houses squeaky clean, but you all think I'm dirty!" In a dramatised scene in a slum, the women demonstrate how they'd like to deal with a woman who doesn't pay her housekeeper enough. In response to the situation, the filmmakers make an appeal to change the rules of the world economy.