Item Details

Print View

The Al Hadji and His Wives

Li, Jie; Kanopy (Firm)
Video; Streaming Video; Online
The Al-Hadji and His Wives is a film portrait of a Mbororo Fulani patriarch, Al-Hadji Isa, his savvy wives, and their rebellious daughters. The documentary provides a glimpse into their everyday lives, religious and moral practices, as well as the political opinions the Al-Hadji has to offer from his particular corner of the world. With a critical but sympathetic gaze, it also chronicles and investigates the process and rationale by which Amina, a 16-year-old daughter of the family, is forced into an unwanted marriage. While her attempted escape had been in vain, Amina has inscribed her silent protest on the walls of her mother's hut and onto the film, serving as a testimony of women's resistance and resilience under an oppressive patriarchy. Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards: Taiwan Public Television (an earlier version), 2006 Bilan du Film Ethnographique at Musee de L'Homme, Paris, 2007 Parnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival, Parnu, Estonia, 2007 Africa World Documentary Film Festival, St. Louis, MO, 2007 Mostra International Ethnographic Film Festival, Brazil, 2007 Africa World Documentary Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria, 2007 American Anthropological Association/S.V.A. Film Festival, Washington D.C., 2007 Days of Ethnographic Film, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2007 Second Prize in the Debut Competition, Moscow International Visual Anthropology Festival, Russia, 2007 Festival of Visual Culture, Finland, 2009 African Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2009
Release Date
In English
  • Title from title frames.
  • In Process Record.
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Documentary Educational Resources in 2006.
Publisher no.
1049252 Kanopy
1 online resource (streaming video file)
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Technical Details
  • Staff View