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221 Keep the Dance Alive, a Film By Rina Sherman
Africa, Namibia, Angola, Himba, Ovahimba, Rina Sherman, Visual Anthropology, ethnography, tribe


Video: Keep the Dance Alive

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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

Credits

Rina Sherman ... Director Producor

Rina Sherman ... Ethnographer

Production Details

Prod. Co.

ACA LTFA

Country

France

Production years

2007

Locations

Namibia, Angola

Distribution Details