Dadi's Family

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"Dadi's family" is a documentary by Michael Camerini and Rina Gill that explores the concept of family and the roles that women play in the Haryana region of Northern India. This documentary also explores Dadi’s extended family and the problems they encounter in modern times, specifically the daughters-in-law (Sita and Darshini) of Dadi’s family. The film shows how the women in Dadi’s household fought to secure their status in the family even though the family still followed the dominant patriarchal mentality, which referred to females as an inferior caste. Much of the film follows Dadi and her daughters-in-law and their struggle to maintain the traditional ways of living even though gender roles, family relationships, and customs are slowly drifting away from their traditional terms of living to the westernized ways. In the film, Dadi is presented as the manager of the household because she is the one that assigns tasks to the women in the family. She is usually the one to settle disputes among her daughters and daughters-in-law and maintain harmony within her family. Dadi believed that women are meant to be submissive and work hard in the field and at home because that has always been the role for women in her generation. She also believes that women should serve the family by expanding it through child bearing. The women in Dadi’s family mostly dominate the agricultural process and distributions, and also care for the household. The men, however, represent the family politically and dominate agricultural production. The role for men in Dadi’s family is basically to be the governing leader while the women work hard both in the field and at home. Many husbands expect their wives to perform labor in the field, fetch water and cow dung, and still have food and water waiting at home for them. Many women in India, especially in Dadi’s family, suffered from many

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