A Wife Among Wives


David MacDougall and Judith MacDougall
1981 | 72 min
Country of Production: Australia
Country Featured: Kenya
Sunday, October 16 | Noon | Program F2 

Recently digitally remastered in Turkana with English subtitles, this beautiful and influential third film in renowned filmmakers David and Judith MacDougall’s celebrated Turkana Conversations Trilogy was made over 14 months with seminomadic camel herders in 1970s Kenya. Through reflexive, thoughtful, and witty exchanges as they go about their daily lives, women make clear why they might want their husband to take an additional wife, turning questions about polygyny back on the filmmakers, all against the backdrop of a pending wedding. 

Co-presented by the New York University Center for Media, Culture and History

Re:Frame, My Perspective

“We all make films within a frame—which is to say, a frame of mind, the frame of our interests, and the questions at the back of our minds.  In selecting what to film we put a frame around reality.  But the point isn't to demonstrate what you already know.  It's to follow where this process leads you, to explore what you find, and make an analysis with the camera.  If you already know what will be in your film, what's the point of making it?”

—David MacDougall | Director, A Wife Among Wives