GRENZELOZE LIEFDE MADE IN AFRICA
documentaire
1999
LOVE BEYOND FRONTIERS van Puck de Leeuw.
Over Nederlandse vrouwen die wonen in Senegal en getrouwd zijn met een Senegalese man.
Deze aflevering gaat over drie Nederlandse vrouwen die verliefd werden op Senegalese mannen en, tegen alle vooroordelen en waarschuwingen in, hebben besloten hun man naar het buitenland te volgen. De film laat zien hoe de cultuurverschillen scheurtjes veroorzaken in het gemengde huwelijk en de problemen soms zelfs leiden tot een onoverkomelijk breuk. Zo zorgt de polygamie en 'het alles willen delen' van de man van ex-model Hanna voor irritaties en het verkwistende gedrag van Jeanines echtgenoot voor haar definitieve vertrek naar Nederland. Wilma is met haar kinderen een nieuw leven begonnen nadat bleek dat haar man er een tweede huwelijk op nahield."

Schrijver en regisseur Puck de Leeuw is op 8 februari 2002 gestorven. Ze was 48 jaar.



"Love beyond frontiers, made in Africa" is part two of a three part documentary series on Dutch women adapting their lives to their foreign spouses. Culture shocks and torned dreams appear to be a common dilemma in these 'mixed marriages'. Part one, "Made in Japan" won the audience award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA

Senegal, magic land, a land of handsome black men, irresistible to many white women. Among them are Wilma, Jeanine and Hanna. Three Dutch women who fell for their black lovers in spite of prejudice and resistance. "He makes me feel a real woman" says Jeanine. "If there is one thing African men are good at, it is courting a woman".
She first met Tapha in Holland. He was an iIIegal cleaner, she was the personnel officer who hired him. Every morning Tapha used to stop work, lean on his mop and watch her climb the stairs to her office. She fell in love with him. But Tapha became literally iII with homesickness: Holland had not brought him the paradise he had expected. So the two of them left for Senegal. Tapha's native soil.
It changed their marriage on the spot. Tapha's charming side vanished without a trace. A story with a familiar ring to Wilma, a woman in her early sixties. Only twenty, she met her Senegalese husband in Paris. She was an "au pair", he was a student. When her rich Roman Catholic parents got to know of her romance she was expelled from home without merey. Wilma had her wedding without relatives. But once living with her husband among his own people. Wilma felt as if she had married a stranger. Unlike before, he started to pray five times a day and medicine men seemed to be permanent guests in the house. "Marabouts" who guaranteed her husbands spiritual Iife and excluded Wilma's presence. And over the years, doing her duty in bearing children, her marriage fell apart.
But for the sake of her four children Wilma was determined to make her relationship work. The shock came after 33 years of "faithful service" when Wil ma's husband secretly married a second wife.
As for integration, Hanna seems to be the most successful of the three women. Gorgeous Hanna, a former model, lives with her husband and four young kids in a traditionally straw hut without electricity and running water.
"It looks idyllic, but it is an exhausting way of Iife". Her marriage begins to show small cracks under the strain of living in two worlds. Sometimes there is no money to buy food as their cash disappears into the community of which her husband is religious leader. At these times she turns for help to her weil to do mother, who has made several unsuccessful attempts to get her daughter and grandchildren back to Holland for good. But Hanna is still in love with her husband and he does not want to abandon the village-people. However her doubts are growing, mostly due to Xaali's wish to have more than one woman. "1 am polygamous" he says, "God knew what he was doing when he decided that a man can have four women because it makes life easier for the women, who can help each other in bringing up the children". But Hanna supposes Xaali just wants another nice "bit of ass". Meanwhile, with no schools in the village, their children are growing up 'half wild', as she puts it, and the future holds so many threats that she prefers not to think about it. Yes, Europe would be a better place for the children, but Hanna wonders if she could ever settle there again.

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Puck de Leeuw
co-produktie
NPS
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90 min
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