The burrneshë or burrnesha (plural burrneshat – from the word burrë, man) is a woman who has made a vote to remain a virgin for her whole life. These women cut their hair short and wear men’s clothing. They also behave as “normal” men do, smoking, drinking and spitting on the floor. Many of them are now elderly and they no longer need to wear a mask of virility because their goal has been achieved: to be afforded the respect that is due to honourable men. But some burrneshë like Gijn or Gjystina, what can they do now that they have remained completely alone?
Documentary in co-production with Storytellas, Italie.
Author : Paola Favoino et Annalisa Giaccari
Director : Paola Faviono
Class : Discovery, anthropology