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When mother comes home for Christmas [videorecording] / a co-production of ZDF, the Greek Film Centre and FilmSixteen.

Contributor(s): Kalambakas, Vangelis | Vachani, Nilita | FilmSixteen (Firm) | Greek Film Center | Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.
Publisher: Athens, Greece : P. Papazoglou Video, 1998?Description: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeSubject(s): Documentary films | Foreign workers, Sri Lankan -- Greece | Mother and child -- Sri Lanka | Motion pictures | Sri Lankans -- Greece -- Economic conditions | Women foreign workers -- Greece | Greece -- Emigration and immigration | Sri Lanka -- Economic conditionsDDC classification:
Production Credits: Director/writer/editor, Nilita Vachani ; producers, Vangelis Kalambakas, Nilita Vachani ; camera, Vangelis Kalambakas ; music, Ross Daly.
Awards: Best Documentary 1996, Jury prize of the Festival dei Popoli, Florence; Best Documentary 1997, Jury prize of the Festival Internazionale Cinema Delle Donne, Torino.Summary: Documentary look at the life of a "guest worker." Film follows for two months the life of Josephine Perera, a Sri Lankan widow who left her three children behind when she went to Greece to work as a housekeeper for an affluent Greek family with a young child. Film follows her as she returns home at Christmas after having been away eight years. Her earnings, the majority of which have been sent home, have allowed her to keep her children in boarding school, buy a bus for her oldest son’s business and put aside money for a dowry for her daughter who wants to marry a man with no prospects. Film explores the problems created in a society that, as an answer to its unemployment problems, encourages its women to live abroad as domestic workers.
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Videocassette release of a 1995 program originally aired November 26, 1995, on German television.

Director/writer/editor, Nilita Vachani ; producers, Vangelis Kalambakas, Nilita Vachani ; camera, Vangelis Kalambakas ; music, Ross Daly.

Shot in December 1994 and January 1995 in Greece and Sri Lanka.

Documentary look at the life of a "guest worker." Film follows for two months the life of Josephine Perera, a Sri Lankan widow who left her three children behind when she went to Greece to work as a housekeeper for an affluent Greek family with a young child. Film follows her as she returns home at Christmas after having been away eight years. Her earnings, the majority of which have been sent home, have allowed her to keep her children in boarding school, buy a bus for her oldest son’s business and put aside money for a dowry for her daughter who wants to marry a man with no prospects. Film explores the problems created in a society that, as an answer to its unemployment problems, encourages its women to live abroad as domestic workers.

In Sinhalese and English with English subtitles.

Best Documentary 1996, Jury prize of the Festival dei Popoli, Florence; Best Documentary 1997, Jury prize of the Festival Internazionale Cinema Delle Donne, Torino.

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