The Preferred Sex... The Desired Number

 

In Nigeria some women are honoured for bearing many children, while in India women are driven to suicide for bearing girls, not boys. (1995)

 
The Preferred Sex... The Desired Number
Duration:
54' 
 
 
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa - yet it has one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world. In Iboland, Eastern Nigeria - the setting for the first section of this moving two-part documentary - director Ngozi Onwurah films the special ‘Ibu Eze’ ceremony held to honour women who have have borne more than nine children. But there are dissenting voices too, which question whether it is really a blessing for women to bear large families without any consideration for their quality of life. The second section, set in New Delhi, tells the heart-breaking story of Lali Devi, the mother of five children who poisoned herself and two of her daughters with rat poison, because she had not managed to bear a son. (1995)