Why Poverty? - Solar mamas

Mona Eldaief, Jehane Noujaim, Denmark, 2012

45 min.DK/Documentary

Rafea from Jordan is 30 years old. She has 4 children and a husband who's eager to take a third wife. With encouragement from Jordan's Ministry of Environment, she leaves her village for the first time to go to Barefoot College in India in an effort to gain a skill as a solor engineer that will bring the much-needed income to support her family and her village.Two months into the program, Rafea's husband insists that she returns home or he will divorce her and take her children. Rafea goes back, but manages to persuade her family that she should return to India.The film follows the incredible personal transformation Rafea goes through in the process of leaving home for the first time and of acquiring the skills to earn an income and achieve for her community what others have not been able to.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Solar mamas
Danish title Kvinder med power
Other titles Barefoot engineers, Hvorfor fattigdom? - Kvinder med power
Keywords Women, Women's conditions, Living conditions, Education, Jordan, 2010-2019
Director Mona Eldaief, Jehane Noujaim
Producer Mette Heide
Editor Brian McGinn, Kaspar Astrup Schröder, Jean Tsien
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut, Danske Filminstitut, DR TV
International sales DR International Sales / DR Byen / Emil Holms Kanal 20 / 0999 København C / t +45 3520 3040 / f +45 3520 3969 / drsales@dr.dk / www.drsales.dk
Festival information Danish Film Institute
Danish theatrical release 24.04.2013
Cinemas Cinemateket Månedens dokumentar i Cinemateket, april 2013
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all


Co-production Plus Pictures
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut, Danske Filminstitut, DR TV


Direction Mona Eldaief
Direction Jehane Noujaim
Field director Andreas Koefoed
Field director Gabrielle Weiss
Field director Peter Murimi


Producer Mette Heide


Stills Neil Davenport


Editing Brian McGinn
Editing Kaspar Astrup Schröder
Editing Jean Tsien

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Amsterdam, IDFA 2012-11-14
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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Anmeldelse Information Lars Movin 2013-04-25
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Dorte Hygum Soerensen 2013-04-24