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Central Sudan, Southern Wadai (Kenga) -- Woman's Death Lament 1964

Catalog Data

Physical description:
one film reel (9 min.) sound b&w 16mm reference film
Culture:
Kenga  Search this
Type:
Projected media
Place:
Sudan
Central Sudan, Southern Wadai
Africa
Date:
1964
Notes:
Title from credits (published work)--study collection
Supplementary materials: German language study guide
Deposited in HSFA in 2006 by Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film (IWF) Wissen und Medien gGmbH via the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Audio-visual Services, which possessed the film prints as the American Distributor for the IWF Encyclopaedia Cinematographica. Films were made by various German anthropologists for inclusion in the Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film (IWF) Encyclopaedia Cinematographica. Film prints of the Encyclopaedia Cinematographica were distributed in North America by Penn State Audio-Visual Services under an agreement with IWF. When Penn State Audio-Visual Services effectively closed in 2005, the film prints were offered to the Human Studies Film Archives. The HSFA agreed to accept all the ethnographic film titles in the Encyclopaedia Cinematographica. Since Penn State had no rights to the prints, HSFA negotiated an agreement with IWF Wissen und Medien gGmbH.
16 mm film prints.
Summary:
Edited film: women from a village in Chad gather in front of the deceased's homestead to sing songs of mourning. Close female relatives of the man who has died have shaved their heads and put ashes on them as a sign of mourning. The widow can be seen with a thick cloth belt around her waist. She and some of the other women improvise dance steps.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland
Local number:
E01359
HSFA 2006.2.260
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
See more items in:
Film set from Encyclopaedia Cinematographica, Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film 1952-1995
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_280968