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Keep the Dance Alive - Que la danse continue

Africa, Namibia, Angola, Himba, Ovahimba, Rina Sherman, Visual Anthropology, ethnography, tribe

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Keep the Dance Alive

Overview

Genre
Anthropology, Religion, Society, Human Interest, and Music
Synopsis

A unique voyage through the music, dance and spirit possession practices of the Ovahimba people of north-western Namibia and south-western Angola, Keep the Dance Alive features remarkable footage of how dance and spirit possession is integrated into everyday life from infancy to death. The documentary presents a singular vision of the Ovahimba people, that of director Rina Sherman who filmed the lives of an Omuhimba family for seven years. She focuses on how singing, rhythm and voice work together with dance and spirit possession to compose a complete imaginary universe and a dense and complex social structure.

Keep the Dance Alive is part of The Ovahimba Years Project, a long-term multi-disciplinary ethnographic study of the Ovahimba and other Otjiherero-language-speaking peoples of northwestern Namibia and southwestern Angola.

Stage
finished
Running time
75 and 50 minutes

Credits

  • Rina Sherman ... Director Producor
  • Rina Sherman ... Ethnographer

Production Details

Prod. Co.
ACA LTFA
Country
France
Years of Production
2007
Locations
Namibia, Angola

Distribution Details

Release year
2007
Festivals
Margaret Mead, etc. http://www.rinasherman.com/film/KDAQDC/KDA/KDAFilmPageEn.html
Distribution
Documentary Educational Resources, and streaming on Kanopy
Broadcast (Acq.)
Swedish Educational TV
Language
Otjiherero, English, French
Subtitles
English, French

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