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Wodaabe, The

Synopsis
The Wodabee follow their herds across the borders of Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon in search of pasture. The droughts that have ravaged the Sahel since the late 1960s have devastated Wodaabe cattle herds. The film looks at the daily pattern of survival of one hard-pressed family group at the height of the dry season. Their herds have decline from 300 cows to less then half a dozen. Yet, the Wodaabe see their life as a balance between hardship and joy. The elaborate make-up of the young men and their dances, a kind of male beauty contest to gain the attention of women, are linked to a complex system of taboos which the Wodabee insist they will maintain despite pressures to abandon their nomadic lives.
Series
Disappearing World, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 51 min.
Year of production
1988
Availability
Hire (film - RAI Film & Video Library)
Sale (video - RAI, Granada); 2005 sale: £50.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Notes
Broadcast on ITV 27/7/88.
Reviewed by John Picton in ‘Anthropology Today’, Vol 4 No 5, p23 (1988).
Subjects
Anthropology
Keywords
Africa; Cameroon; Chad; Niger; Nigeria; nomadic communities; Wodaabe

Credits

Director
Leslie Woodhead
Producer
Leslie Woodhead
Contributor
Mette Bovin

Production Company

Name

Granada Television

Web
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Phone
020 7734 8080
Fax
020 7494 6280
Address
Non-Theatric Sales
36 Golden Square
London
W1R 4AH

Distributor

Name

Royal Anthropological Institute

Contact
Susanne Hammacher (Film Officer)
Email
film@therai.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7387 0455
Fax
020 7388 8817
Address
50 Fitzroy Street
London
W1T 5BT
Notes
The Institute sells more than 250 anthropology and ethnology titles on video and DVD, including some produced by students and staff of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. There is also a large library of internationally produced film and video productions from which items may be borrowed within the UK.
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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