1970 - Half the People (1997)

Film details

  • Countries

    United Kingdom USA

  • Year

    1997

  • Genre

    Documentary

  • Type

    Television

  • Category

    Non Fiction

Alternative titles

  • Half the People: 1969 Alternative

Synopsis

The twenty-second programme in a twenty-six part history of the 20th century, using eye-witness accounts and archive footage. Looks through the eyes of women all over the world to examine how attitudes towards sexual equality have changed since World War II, and how much remains unchanged. Records how equal opportunity struggles, the women's movement and the contraceptive pill have helped to change the lives of women in the west, without improving those of women in developing countries, especially those in countries where attitudes to women are enshrined in the culture. Millions of Muslim women have been obliged to re-adopt the veil after years of western modernisation, while, in China, countless baby girls are missing from official records. However, in Africa, some young mothers are refusing to have their daughters circumcised and, in India, women have marched together to protest against "dowry" violence. Concludes with the 1995 UN Women's Conference held in Beijing.

Cast & Credits

Latest from the BFI

  • Latest from the BFI

    Latest news, features and opinion.

More information

Films, TV and people

  • Films, TV and people

    Film lists and highlights from BFI Player.

More information

Sight & Sound magazine

  • Sight & Sound magazine

    Reviews, interviews and features from the international film magazine.

More information

Back to the top