The Vintagent Selects: Pink Panther

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Run Time: 16:54
A Movie By: Jaremey McMullin
Digicam: Matthew Hyndman
Editor: Tanya Schangin
Key Forged: The Riders of the Pink Panthers


There are 175,000 motorbike taxi drivers in Liberia … and solely 10 of them are ladies. They name themselves the Pink Panthers All-Women Motorbike Membership of Liberia. Pink Panther tells KD’s story of life as a girl motorcyclist in a rustic and sector nonetheless dominated by males. The movie seems on the successes and failures of worldwide help efforts to assist ladies break into the motorbike enterprise. It explores the a number of and contradictory ways in which gender identification and gender norms play out in post-war Liberia. KD’s love of driving and delight at being one of many first ladies to make it as a bike owner shine via however may not be sufficient to maintain her within the bike hustle.

LIBERIA: LEGACIES OF PEACE brief movie collection: Pink Panther is considered one of 5 movies that comprise a documentary brief collection, ‘Liberia: Legacies of Peace.’ The collection, funded by the Scottish Funding Council’s ODA World Challenges Analysis Fund, seems on the on a regular basis challenges and alternatives of peacebuilding in post-war Liberia.


“As a result of I’m simply focused on what males can do I can do the identical additionally. That’s my coverage. That’s my motto.”

This was Kadiatu Bah’s first reply to my query about why she had determined to turn into a bike taxi driver. Motorbike taxis appeared in Liberia shortly after the warfare ended. The enterprise began when former combatants from the warfare used their disarmament funds to put money into bikes to ferry passengers alongside roads which might be incessantly impassable by automobile, particularly through the wet season. Given its origins, motorcycling is on the forefront of war-to-peace transition. It’s the place younger individuals are engaged within the robust work of re-building lives and livelihoods. It’s one of many few sectors in Liberia the place younger folks can survive and thrive, however it’s a tricky, aggressive sector nearly solely dominated by males. Liberia’s Pink Panthers are attempting to alter that. On this movie, I wished to seize the hope and promise of that change but additionally present how laborious change could be to attain, even in a rustic that considers itself on the forefront of ‘gender mainstreaming’ efforts. The movie paperwork the successes and failures, large and small, of improvement help efforts to assist the Pink Panthers. I come from the tutorial world and it’s stuffed with tales of help help failures. It’s uncommon to search out work on post-war transition that tells tales of pleasure, and this movie is initially in regards to the delight and happiness that KD will get from being a bike taxi driver. She mentioned the help that the ladies acquired, however varied failures, was instrumental to supporting ladies riders at a important time. She participated within the movie as a result of she hopes that it’s going to persuade folks to offer extra help to ladies riders so that girls can transfer from the road into actions of self-support.


Learn Jaremey McMullin’s analysis paper – Hustling, biking, peacebuilding: Narrating postwar reintegration via livelihood in Liberia

Watch Jaremey McMullin’s companion brief movie – Finest Man Nook