Three weeks that I will be comparing are weeks six (The gods of rice), four (village without women), and three (language lost and found). I have learned from all of these weeks that while in every country there are structural differences that separate them, all of them share rich traditions that are very important to globalization and trade, gender divisions and power, and language. Within the movie ‘The Gods of Rice’ women play an interesting role in the production of rice, they plant the new seedlings and they prepare the rice for consumption. The rice is also a symbol of the ‘goddess of fertility’ Dewi Sri. Whom the Balinese believe ‘looks after the fields and gives them life to rice. “Many Asians believe that because humans live by eating rice, that their bodies are also made from rice” (The Gods of Rice). While traditional means of planting rice and praising the rice god are known to the older generation. The younger generations are looking for work in big cities and are not interested in learning the ancient ways. The structural difference in the movie ‘Village without women’ to ‘The Gods of rice’ is huge. First of all in the movie three brothers live in a house with no women, so all the cooking and cleaning, dealing with the livestock is split between them. The village in which they live in also lacks women and in order for the men to marry, a lot of them have to travel to Albania. The oldest brother Zoran does just this in order to find a wife. Where in Asia women are thought of as an important part to the production of life, in Serbia women are thought of as expensive for marriage purposes or entertainment. In Albanian where most men seek wives, women are thought of as free. Also, while in Asia tradition is a strong part of their culture and in Serbia tradition seems to lack. Though they do have one festival where they use it to meet women. It traditionally was used to have “Shepherds and shepherdesses exchanged looks and meet to give their herds something to drink”.
Week three wraps up the structural differences nicely because it talks about how the loss of a language happens every two weeks. But, also tells of how in some places such as the Canary Islands traditional languages are given new lives in schools, in order to carry them on. From ‘The gods of rice’ traditional language and celebrations toward rice are on the verge of being lost because they lose many of the young people to schooling and better jobs. In ‘Village with no women’, their oral language is strong but it seemed that writing it out was difficult without proper schooling, which the boys may or may not have received. In the Canary Islands the people have learned to mold their past with their future, unlike in the two other movies. Although, in Asia with new scientific means to grow rice they might be able to save their long held traditions; Serbia holds little hope.