Grades 10-12, College, Adult
Directed by Antra Cilinska
DVD Purchase $59, Rent $35
VHS Purchase $59, Rent $35
US Release Date: 1998
Copyright Date: 1998
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-876-7
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-762-X
Awards and Festivals
A Question of Rights Series|
Girls from Chaka Street
The break-up of the Soviet Union leaves some women with few options but prostitution.
In 1996 Eva was driven into the forest, stripped, and gang-raped by 14 men who left her for dead. It was, she said, just one of the occupational hazards of working as a prostitute in Latvia.
The flourishing sex industry in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia first took off when the Baltic countries gained independence from the Soviet Union and the economies crashed. Underage girls - earning more in a night on the street than a trained doctor does in a month - face physical and psychological risks and Mafia involvement is growing.
Other titles in the series are:
World of Difference - Introductory film about women and human rights.
House on Fire - Breaking the cycle of domestic violence.
Young Wives' Tales - Very early marriage threatens girls' health and survival.
Caught in the Crossfire - Plight of women in Fiji.
"Raises the viewer's consciousness about the circumstances of poverty faced by women worldwide and how the global trade in prostitutes is connected."
Susan M. Alexander, Dept. of Sociology, Saint Mary's College
"A Question of Rights uncovers some of the most serious social, economic and political issues multicultural women encounter throughout the world...A modern and timely series...highly recommended."