Labour of Love – The Housewife

This short film examines the role of the Asian woman within the realm of the home and the family. It features the boundless work that a housewife has to accomplish in a day in order to run a household and to care for her husband and children. The film is an early feminist take on the perception regarding the economic value of the stay-at-home mother and wife, whose contribution to society is often underrated.

Asian Film Archive Collection: Labour Of Love (1974) by Rajendra Gour. Bronze-medal winner at the 50th American International Film Festival.
  • Director: Rajendra Gour
  • Runtime: 17m0s
  • Genre: Documentary/Drama
  • Rating: PG
  • Availability: library@esplanade
  • Accession No: 2007-D-0905
  • Subtitles: -
  • Release Year: 1974-1979
  • Producer: Rajendra Gour
  • Language: English
  • Production Country: Singapore

Cast List:

  • Elizabeth O'Rourke


  • Script - Rajendra Gour


  • Themes - feminism, gender roles
  • People - housewives, children
  • Places - open-air markets
  • Housing - Housing Development Board flats

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