Neria (1993)

Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - Zimbabwe   |  
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In Zimbabwe's traditional culture, when a woman's husband dies, the man's brothers (if any) are supposed to take care of her and, after a year set aside for mourning, they are supposed to marry her. Mind you, in these circumstances nobody asks the widow anything about what she prefers. In this melodramatic story (with a few comic touches), Neria has just lost her husband and her brother-in-law has decided to take full advantage of the situation. The sort of man who likes to torment people just for the fun of it, he not only reduces Neria to servitude, but tries to bribe her children so that they turn against her. One day, she has altogether all she can stand, and seeks out a good lawyer. Her brother-in-law has a good lawyer too, and her freedom looks like it is very much in jeopardy, except that she is lucky in the judge for the case, who sets things right. Neria also refuses to marry any of her other brothers' in law after the year of mourning is up, scandalizing her relatives.