Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  12 minutes
Date:  1996
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Alarm Rings Softly

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Caribbean women use drama and reggae to fight domestic violence.

The Alarm Rings Softly

In the Caribbean, women subjected to violence from their partners as a result of substance abuse often felt they had no right to appeal to the law. Low self-esteem and the feeling that it was somehow their fault left them trapped in a cycle of dependency and guilt. But a new generation of women is using drama and reggae to focus attention on a once taboo subject.

'Express(es)...women's desire for independence, self-sufficiency and the important role of having a voice in the process of decision-making...fast paced, yet informative... geared toward the advanced high school student and above...has a place in all video collections in the areas of Women's Studies, History, Sociology and Anthropology. Highly Recommended.' Belinda L. Robinson-Jones, MC Journal


Main credits

Laird, Judith (film director)
Laird, Judith (film producer)

Other credits

Editors, Mark Cropper, Christopher Laird; sound, Robin Foster; camera, Walt Lovelace.

Distributor credits

Jel Productions with TVE

Jel Productions with TVE
Judith Laird

Docuseek2 subjects

Rape and Sexual Abuse
Women's Studies
Caribbean, The
Family Issues
Cultural Anthropology
Domestic Abuse

Distributor subjects

Central America/The Caribbean
Developing World
International Studies
Substance Abuse
Women's Studies


Caribbean, domestic violence,; women,; reggae,"The Alarm Rings Softly",Bullfrog Films

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