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Baka, People of the Rain Forest (4 Parts)

Synopsis
About the Baka ('Pygmy’) people and their life in the tropical rainforest. Offers no analysis but sets out to show the Baka through the strong personalities of three central characters: Licano, a man in his forties; Deni, his young wife; and Ali, their four-year-old son. Through them is experienced life as a Baka - from the internal politics of the village to the richness of the rain-forest. Looks at the plant and animal life of the forest as well as all aspects of Baka life and culture: the gathering of edible insects and fruits; scaling of 40-metre trees for honey; hunting and fishing; and music, folktales and healing dances. All of this is worked into a true story which is followed from its first intrigue to its climax with the arrival of the Forest Spirit and the birth of Deni’s third child.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. U-matic, VHS. col. 104 min.
Year of production
1987
Availability
Hire
Notes
Awards: RAI 1998 film prize.
Uses
Anthropologists. *RAI
Subjects
Anthropology
Keywords
Baka; Cameroon; rain forests; social life and customs

Credits

Director
Phil Agland
Contributor
Phil Agland

Production Company

Name

Dja River Films Productions

Distributor

Name

Royal Anthropological Institute Film & Video Library, c/o Concord Media

Email
sales@concordvideo.co.uk
Web
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Phone
01473 726012
Fax
01473 274531
Address
Rosehill Centre
22 Hines Road
Ipswich
IP3 9BG

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