08 Ott “A closed mouth catches no flies” on L’Espresso
A short version of my blogumentary “A closed mouth catches no flies” (Le ragazze di Wuchale) is now online on the website of the Italian magazine L’Espresso.
The documentary is set in Ambassel province, northern Ethiopia. Here the fate of the women of Wuchale, is bound by ancient customs under which women are expected to silently submit to men’s authority. As the proverb says, “A closed mouth catches no flies”. Silence is the rule. But today’s young women want to break the rule and talk. The luckier ones, like Tirongu, manage to get an education; the others migrate to Arab countries to escape the hardships of their homeland.
Ethiopia is an origin country for persons subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. According to the 2013 Global Slavery Index, there are currently 651,110 Ethiopians in modern slavery both within Ethiopia and abroad, which ranks Ethiopia fifth in the world in terms of the largest absolute numbers of the population in slavery.
From Ethiopia most of the girls who wants to turn their destiny are forced to migrate, often ending in a the vicious circle of human trafficking and slavery. The only positive alternative is the school access. Cifa Onlus works to provide this lucky chance to the girls of Wuchale.
An extended version of 26′ has been screened at the 20th Cinemambiente festival in Turin, Italy
Watch the doc by Niccolò Bruna
Read the reportage by Alessandro Gilioli (italian)
Watch the pictures by Antonio Faccilongo
Visit the film page A closed mouth catches no flies