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by Stefanía Thors


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.

international title: The School of Housewives
original title: The School of Housewives
country: Iceland
year: 2020
genre: documentary
directed by: Stefanía Thors
film run: 75'
cinematography by: Stefanía Thors
film editing: Stefanía Thors
music: Davíð Þór Jónsson, Helgi Svavar Helgason, Valdimar Kolbeinn Sigurjónsson
producer: Helgi Svavar Helgason
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