THE LARGEST FAMILY IN THE WORLD

Join us on a journey to the far north east of India and meet Ziona Chana, leader of a sect and patriarch of a family with 178 members.

How does the largest family in the world make ends meet when there are 178 women, men and children to be provided for every day? And who is this man who has 39 wives, more than any man in the world? In the far north east of India we visit 70-year old Ziona Chana. He is the leader of a Christian sect and head of the largest family in the world. The well-oiled family machine not only succeeds in feeding all its members, but also offers work and income to other residents of the village. Ziona may be illiterate but he is a preacher, a carpenter, a businessman and a visionary. This film provides a unique insight into the rigorously organised everyday life of an astonishing community.

Genre Society / Human Interest
Length 45’ HD
Film by Marita Neher
Production HANFGARN & UFER Filmproduktion for ZDF/ARTE, 2014
Original Title Die größte Familie der Welt / La plus grande famille du monde
Year 2014

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Join us on a journey to the far north east of India and meet Ziona Chana, leader of a sect and patriarch of a family with 178 members.

How does the largest family in the world make ends meet when there are 178 women, men and children to be provided for every day? And who is this man who has 39 wives, more than any man in the world? In the far north east of India we visit 70-year old Ziona Chana. He is the leader of a Christian sect and head of the largest family in the world. The well-oiled family machine not only succeeds in feeding all its members, but also offers work and income to other residents of the village. Ziona may be illiterate but he is a preacher, a carpenter, a businessman and a visionary. This film provides a unique insight into the rigorously organised everyday life of an astonishing community.

Society / Human Interest
Length 45’ HD
Film by Marita Neher
Production HANFGARN & UFER Filmproduktion for ZDF/ARTE, 2014
Original title Die größte Familie der Welt / La plus grande famille du monde