Guerrilla Grannies – How to Live in this World

Ike Bertels

Documentary, Netherlands, 2012, 80’
Subtitles: Portuguese and English; M/12

Guer­rilla Gran­nies tells the story of three guer­rilla women that fought with the Women’s Libe­ra­tion Army of FRELIMO and thus hel­ped libe­rate the coun­try from Por­tu­guese colo­ni­a­lism and also paved the way to the eman­ci­pa­tion of Mozam­bi­can women. Ike Ber­tels shows us three impor­tant moments Monica, Ame­lia and Mary’s lives, allowing a uni­que look on the deve­lop­ment of these women, who see­med to be des­ti­ned to work the land and have children.

These life sto­ries, which take place in a coun­try that rein­vents itself, show how revo­lu­ti­o­nary ide­als – in this case, equa­lity between men and women and the pos­si­bi­lity of access to edu­ca­tion – can become real when peo­ple – women – are wil­ling to fight for their lives.

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