What makes a perfect mother? It is easy to feel the pressure at home. The time is squeezed, quality time, gluten free food. Soccer or skiing? Food that makes the child smile when opening his lunchbox. Brand of clothes… What about me, when will I have time for myself?
For others, this is a completely distant world. There is no choice to - It's all about survival. You do what you can to get enough for food, a pair of shoes for the kids and if you are lucky, maybe education for the kids.
This difference between being a mother in a western part of the world and a mother in a poor country is what the bloggers Marna Haugen Burøe and Mia Charlotte Johnsen wanted to find out more about. Marna (36) has two young children, Mia Charlotte (22) has three. We brought them to Nepal to meet women and mothers who are subjected to systematic oppression, poverty and forced traditions that cross our moral and ethical values. Violent fathers, own cabins for women who have menstruation, the caste system, prostitution. What are their stories? What do they think about the situation they are in? How is it possible to live the way they do? And not least: What does it say about how far we are willing to stretch ourselves in a hopeless situation so that our children will have a better life than we.
Motherhood tells the stories of countless fates in the Third World. It is a series about discriminatory traditions, deprivation of liberty, absence of choice and oppression. The meetings are not simple, it is painful and incomprehensible. But we must take it over ourselves if we do not get superficial and self-centred. It's too easy to scroll by while we sit comfortably in our couch, at the office or on the bus on our way to the nursery. We don’t stand it, we choose not to take it on.
Through Motherhood we get an insight into a world where injustice and oppression is everyday life. Through Marna and Mia Charlotte it becomes impossible to choose or scroll past these strong stories.
Watch this film in full on Aftenposten - Norway