video | Keep the Dance Alive / Rina Sherman

  • Keep the Dance Alive / Rina Sherman
    DV, 75 min / 50 min, 2007/8
    A film about the music dance and spirit possession practices of the Ojtiherero language-speaking groups of north-western Namibia and south-western Angola.The film explores the various ways in which music and dance transcend their everyday lives from infancy to death.
    A unique voyage through the music, dance and spirit possession practices of the Ovahimba communities 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.

  • Category: Videos
  • Thematic area: Documentation
  • Call topics: Intergenerational transmission
  • Major objective: Focus attention on the critical risks confronting indigenous languages
  • Area of intervention: Growth and development through elaboration of new knowledge
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