Martha & Ethel (1994)

Genres - Culture & Society, History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Parenting, Social History, Sociology  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - Ivory Coast, UK, USA  |   MPAA Rating - G
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Two filmmakers pay loving tribute to the nannies who raised them. Both director Jyll Johnstone and co-producer Barbara Ettinger were born into wealthy families to parents too busy to raise them. Johnstone was reared by Martha, a rather cold German woman, while Ettinger was raised by Ethel, a warm, friendly black woman. Both nannies were in their 80s when this documentary was made.

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nanny, social-change, upper-class, child-rearing, family, mother, African-American, German [nationality], immigrant, Southerner, fear, intimidation, interview