The School of Housewives

Available until June 24 - Includes Q&A

No Longer Available

Film Info
Country Listing:Iceland
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Persister
Film Subjects:Education
Families & Family Relationships
Northern Europe
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Stefanía Thors
Producer(s):Helgi Svavar Helgason
Editor(s):Stefanía Thors
Cinematography:Stefanía Thors
Composer:Davíð Þór Jónsson
Helgi Svavar Helgason
Valdimar Kolbeinn Sigurjónsson
Sound:Friðjón Jónsson


Persister: Films by women, about women speaking up and being heard

The Reykjavík School of Housewives has been teaching students the vanishing skills of cooking, cleaning, sewing and home economics since 1942. While the image of the housewife may have changed over the years, current students learn the handicrafts associated with the label without assuming the antiquated gender role. The school stands as a timeless reminder that the domestic arts of the past apply to the present and, increasingly, to the future—values such as conservation, efficiency and self-sufficiency, as well as useful competencies like the maintenance of clothing and food waste prevention. Students and instructors appear alongside an impressive archive of graduating classes past and present to prove that the more things change, the more they stay the same. The School of Housewives is a warm-hearted, hand-crafted and slyly feminist love letter to “women’s work” that breathes new life into making, sharing and caring for how things look and taste. Angie Driscoll

This film includes a pre-recorded Q&A.

Persister program presented in partnership with Oxfam Canada with the participation of the Government of Canada
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The Embassy of Iceland supports Icelandic films at Hot Docs
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