The Resource Dance with the Wodaabes, a film written and directed by Sandrine Loncke

Dance with the Wodaabes, a film written and directed by Sandrine Loncke

Label
Dance with the Wodaabes
Title
Dance with the Wodaabes
Statement of responsibility
a film written and directed by Sandrine Loncke
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • ful
  • eng
  • ful
Summary
"This widely acclaimed and visually stunning ethnographic documentary explores, from the point of view of its participants, the complex cultural significance of one of Africa's most spectacular but frequently misunderstood and sensationalized ritual celebrations. In the heart of the Nigerien Sahel (Azawak region), far from any urban center, thousands of Fulbe Wodaabe nomads come together every year to celebrate their cultural identity in a vast ceremonial gathering named the Daddo. For seven days and seven nights, opposing ancestral lineages take part in a complex ritual courtship competition called the Geerewol. Under the strict control of their elders, elaborately ornamented young men made up with traditional face paint form lines to dance and sing. At the end of each dance, the young women of the opposing lineage come forward to designate the "most beautiful" male of the group. The ceremony is a ritualization of conflict, which probably replaces ancestral feuds and wars over women from opposing clans, and enables the Wodaabe to break the ceremony in peace after mutually recognizing their cultural uniformity. Each year, organizing the massive gathering becomes more and more difficult, due to the ongoing Sahel ecological crisis and droughts. But according to the Wodaabes, this traditional ceremony is the only opportunity for the nomadic lineages to gather and forge links despite their geographic dispersion. If the ceremony were to be stopped, it would signal to them the end of their society as a unique cultural entity. Fearing that the tradition may die out, Ouba Hassane, 40, and his wife Kedi, 39, chose to appear on screen and relate their experiences and understanding of the ritual. The film follows as Ouba teaches his son about Wodaabe traditions, myths, and religious beliefs. The couple's commentary, along with that of the ceremony participants (dancers, young women, those in charge of the youth, societal elders) provide viewers with deep insight into the full occasion, extending beyond the dance. The Geerewol ritual has been the subject of several films and "studies" in the West since the 1950s. These have largely fueled a fantasy image of a ceremony in which "effeminate" men allow women the privilege of choosing male lovers for a night during a male beauty contest. Filmmaker and ethnomusicologist Sandrine Loncke, who spent ten years among the Wodaabe researching and filming, offers a compelling and powerful reframing of the events. She enables the Wodaabe themselves to decipher for us the subtext of the ritual, examining the full spectrum of gender, social, political, educational, and religious beliefs that underscore Wodaabe cultural identity and help ensure their survival. Keenly observed, beautifully filmed, and engagingly edited, the film will richly reward viewing and inspire discussion in a wide range of courses in cultural anthropology, African studies, gender studies, and ethnomusicology. The film is subtitled in English. It was produced and directed by Prof. Sandrine Loncke, of the University of Paris 8." -- Source : site Web de Berkeley Media
Cataloging source
MUQ
Characteristic
videorecording
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Danse des Wodaabe.
Credits note
Caméra, Charlotte Krebs
Language note
En fulfulde avec sous-titres anglais
LC call number
DT 547.45 .B67 D173 2012
PerformerNote
Narrateurs, Ouba Hassane, Kedi Darwudo
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AT2_MpRg4vM
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Loncke, Sandrine
  • Hassane, Ouba
  • Darwudo, Kedi
Runtime
90
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  • Bororo (Peuple d'Afrique)
  • Danse
Technique
live action
Label
Dance with the Wodaabes, a film written and directed by Sandrine Loncke
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Réalisé en 2009 sous le titre : La danse des Wodaabe
Carrier category
vidéodisque
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
image animée bidimensionnelle
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
12 cm.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 vidéodisque (90 minutes)
Media category
vidéo
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other physical details
sonore, couleur
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)880799642
  • (OCoLC)ocn880799642
System details
DVD
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Dance with the Wodaabes, a film written and directed by Sandrine Loncke
Publication
Note
Réalisé en 2009 sous le titre : La danse des Wodaabe
Carrier category
vidéodisque
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
image animée bidimensionnelle
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
12 cm.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 vidéodisque (90 minutes)
Media category
vidéo
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other physical details
sonore, couleur
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)880799642
  • (OCoLC)ocn880799642
System details
DVD
Video recording format
DVD

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