The Prytania Theater in New Orleans is featuring a limited-run screening of the documentary Yes Ma’am: Household Domestic Workers in New Orleans beginning today. Directed by Gary Goldman, the 1982 documentary was sponsored by the Amistad Research Center,which houses the raw footage and interviews conducted for the film as part of the Yes Ma’am Collection. The film provides an in-depth look at the profession of domestic service, race relations, injustice, and the importance of religion in the lives of domestic workers. The old order is contrasted with the new, in which the more militant members of the profession formed the Household Technicians of Louisiana union.
The film continues to be shown in the New Orleans area following the popularity of The Help, the film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same name.
Posted by Christopher Harter