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A Woman's Double Burden

The film is a portrayal of the 'double burden' in the life of a single mother in Lusaka, Zambia. She struggles to make ends meet, and juggles her professional work, domestic labour and the upbringing of her son – beautifully managing all these responsibilities on her own.

  • Rumman Khan
  • Rumman Khan
  • Rumman Khan
  • Josephine Chirwa
    Key Cast
  • Elvi Okito Ndjeka
    Music Composer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 16, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    250 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Tisch School of the Arts
Director Biography - Rumman Khan

Rumman Khan has professionally trained in Gender, International Development and Psychology. Having worked in the Europe, Asia and Africa, her work incorporates a unique insight into local issues along with the universalism of these subject matters. Her film work aims to highlight gendered experiences of individuals as well as the general human condition.

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Director Statement

I have been interested in the concept of the 'double burden' of women since studying MA Gender and International Development. It is a concept which is more known in the academic circles, but not prevalent or discussed much in popular culture. Thus, I aimed to bring it to the forefront through the medium of a documentary film, within the context of Zambian culture. I wanted the viewer to experience one day in the protagonist’s life through a poetic, yet observational lens. While filming this, I was especially touched and humbled by her dedication and resilience in shouldering her responsibilities and succeeding on a daily basis.