Bitter Honey: Polygamy in Bali

The many faces of love, betrayal and vio­lence (In Production)

Bit­ter Honey: Polygamy in Bali offers a dynamic, inti­mate, and emo­tion­ally charged por­trait of three polyg­a­mous Bali­nese fam­i­lies. Shot over a four-year period on the island of Bali, Indone­sia, this feature-length film draws atten­tion to the plight of Bali­nese women in polyg­a­mous marriages—which are fre­quently char­ac­ter­ized by psy­cho­log­i­cal manip­u­la­tion, eco­nomic hard­ship, infi­delity, and domes­tic violence.

Due to a soci­etal struc­ture where men pre­dom­i­nate in many domains, these women are left with lit­tle voice. Bit­ter Honey: Polygamy in Bali draws atten­tion to their strug­gle, doc­u­ments those mak­ing coura­geous efforts to bet­ter pro­tect and empower them, and aims to trig­ger a wider con­ver­sa­tion about con­tem­po­rary polygamy and women’s rights.

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