Never Ending Path: Rural Health Care
for Women and Girls in South India

Annette Danto

[February 29, 2008]

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The state of Tamil Nadu is located along the south east coast of the Indian subcontinent. The Tamil culture and language is said to have its origins in prehistoric times and is related to the ancient Dravidian culture of Southern India. The rural region of interior Tamil Nadu is made up of thousands of small villages, most with no electricity, inadequate health care and on-going problems with inadequate sanitation and water supplies. Health care is not affordable for most families.

Produced and directed by Professor Annette Danto of Brooklyn College, THE NEVER ENDING PATH tells the stories of the women living in rural Tamil Nadu. From 5 family units, the women share many of the concerns facing mothers and their daughters throughout rural regions of Southeast Asia. As with women from poor villages in many parts of the world, issues of dowry, their daughters' educational opportunities, and economic hardship are discussed, along with inter-caste and arranged marriages.







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