Behind the Wheel

Elise Laker, Rachel Grady, Sami Mermer
England, Tajikistan 2013 | 20 Min. | OmeU
Q&A with: Elise Laker

Tajik­istan is one of the most remit­tance-depen­dent coun­tries in the world. Every year, hun­dreds of thou­sands of migrant work­ers leave Tajik­istan in search of employ­ment. The money sent back pro­vides a huge boost to the econ­o­my. The vast major­i­ty of these migrants are male, which means the Tajik pop­u­la­tion is becom­ing increas­ing­ly female. So what hap­pens to the women who are left behind? BEHIND THE WHEEL explores the moral and emo­tion­al tur­moil of Nigora, an Uzbek woman whose tra­di­tion­al life of being a house­wife is turned upside down after her migrant hus­band fails to send back enough money and she finds out he has been having an affair. No longer able to rely on him, Nigora defies pre­vail­ing gender norms and sets to work fixing car tires. (global voices)