Are some African cultures backward and toxic? My answer might surprise you but first…

🎞️ I WON’T KNEEL


🗣. ️ Director: Hilda Awori

📽️. Camera work : Allen Onyige

📺. Genre: Documentary.

⚪⚫ Premier: sema story 9th September 2020

A number of cultures within Uganda require women to kneel down while greeting other members of the society. They say that it is a sign of respect. The Japadhola, a small community of people located in Tororo -Eastern Uganda strongly believe in this culture.
In this documentary Hilda Awori travels to her village in search of answers to questions that have always taunted her in regard to this tradition.
Story.

The documentary highlights on the double standards women are given in the name of tradition which in turn shows some gender injustice like early marriage and , child labour ( which forces most girls to drop out of school.)The documentary is trying to find answers as to why women should kneel as a sign of respect yet the men do nothing to show respect. As a strong believer of respect is earned, I watched the documentary with many questions waiting for answers from the film.

Technical elements.


This expository documentary has good visuals making the film cinematic.
Love the music that plays in the beginning and also how sound on location was handled.

Verdict

Africans live in a patriarchal society and this documentary is timely because it starts a conversation about the position and roles of women. I would really love to hear what the older audience thinks about this documentary.
The documentary is short… I still need more answers. I loved the additional themes in the documentary which prove that there is more to tell.
The documentary has not answered the subject question fully…it could have.. if maybe the it was longer. Choice of interviewees could have been much better if they were the elders or people who enforce this cultures for a better understanding of why they do so.

Fun fact. : Japadhola sounds like dholuo

Score
4
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Out of
5
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