Bullfrog Films
15 minutes
Grades 10-12, College, Adult

Directed by Diane Best

DVD Purchase $59, Rent $35
VHS Purchase $59, Rent $35

US Release Date: 1998
Copyright Date: 1998
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-877-5
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-763-8

Subjects
Anthropology
Central America/The Caribbean
Developing World
Domestic Violence
Humanities
Social Change
Social Psychology
United Nations
Women's Studies

A Question of Rights Series
House on Fire
Jamaica

Breaking the cycle of domestic violence.

"Links contemporary violence to the historical consequences of slavery." Timothy McGettigan, Wake Forest University

Mother-of-eight Gloria Jones is used to being beaten by her husband, James. It's part of the heritage Jamaican women expect from their menfolk. She, in turns, beats her children. How can this cycle of violence be broken?

The Caribbean has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the world. Triggered by unemployment and drug use, it's also perpetuated by a culture that still fails to condemn violence against women, and sexual violence in particular, as a crime.

Other titles in the series are:

World of Difference - Introductory film about women and human rights.

Girls from Chaka Street - The break-up of the Soviet Union leaves some women with few options but prostitution.

Young Wives' Tales - Very early marriage threatens girls' health and survival.

Caught in the Crossfire - Plight of women in Fiji.

Web Page: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/house.html

Reviews
"This film explores the staggering rate of domestic violence in Jamaica and links contemporary violence to the historical consequences of slavery."

Timothy McGettigan, author of UTOPIA ON WHEELS