Bitter Honey

Three polygamous families in Bali

Bitter Honey is a feature-length documentary presenting an intimate and emotionally charged portrait of three polygamous families in Bali, Indonesia. Following these families over a seven year period, the film portrays the plight of Balinese co-wives, for whom marriage is frequently characterized by psychological manipulation, infidelity, domestic violence, and economic hardship.

Living in a society where men have authority in many domains, these women have little voice in steering or protesting the conditions of their domestic lives. Bitter Honey draws attention to their struggle, documents the work of those taking steps to better protect and empower them, and aims to trigger a wider conversation about contemporary polygamy and women’s rights in Indonesia.

81 min

Director: Robert Lemelson
Producer: Robert Lemelson, Alessandra Pasquino
Director of Photography: Wing Ko
Editor: Chisako Yokoyama
Consulting Editor: Pietro Scalia
Music Composer: Malcolm Cross

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