Maigre Dog

Donna James

1990, 07:50 minutes, English / Patois, closed captions


My intention in making Maigre Dog was to celebrate the Jamaican women who nurtured me growing up and surrounded me with their vernacular language. I wanted to present the voices of these women I have known for many years and evoke the warmth of countless hours spent in steamy kitchens filled with the smell of food cooked with love. Listening to them "talk that talk" about their lives, their men, their pain I needed to acknowledge the role of oral history and circular thinking has played in my own development. The tape reveals layers of thought, whispers of memories, circles of knowing, which together evoke the complexity of the life process.

L'espace domestique comme toile de fond à l'imaginaire de la tradition orale jamaïquaine. Des parleurse, absentes dans l'image, affirment leur appartenance par des idiotismes riches en sens de leur mémoire culturelle. La quotidienneté est traitée avec douceur par le morcellement de travaux ménagers et d'objets famileaux.

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