MATRILINES (2015)

matrilines' is a journey to the remote villages of Western Sumatra (Indonesia) through the private spaces of Minangkabau houses, where matrilineal tradition survives and mixes with Muslim religion. According to Minangkabau culture the house and land belong exclusively to women and they are inherited through the female line. Over the years this tradition has been highly influenced by both western culture and the Islamic thinking.
Since my arrival in Sumatra men had been my narrators, slowly unveiling the complexities and contradictions of a culture that combines the Minang traditional respect for women with an Islamic conception of the female role.

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