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Chronicle of a Savanna Marriage

a film by Stig Holmqvist ; producerad av AB Rörliga Bilder
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
For fifteen years, the filmmaker has monitored Nayiani s life, a Masai on the savanna of southern Kenya. The story begins in 1979 when Nayiani is fourteen, and has been promised in marriage to the son of her father's good friend. Nayiani undergoes circumcision, a procedure that both boys and girls go through to be considered adults. The years immediately after he wedding prove difficult ones for Nayiami. She continuously longs to return to her family. But gradually, as time passes, she grows accustomed to her new home. Eventually, her husband Lekumok brings home additional wives, since his herd of cattle is now so large that he needs and can afford additional women in his household. Nayiami welcomes the companionship and help. Even on the savanna, time does not stand still. The family feels the encroachment of the Nairobi government on different aspects of their lives. Here is a unique view of the life and culture of the Masai.
Director
Stig Holmqvist
Release Date
1998
Run Time
57 min.
Language
In Swedish and Maasai with English subtitles
Rating
For College; Adult audiences
Notes
Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011).
Awards Note
African Studies Association, 1997
American Anthropological Association, 1998
Series
Filmakers Library Online
Published
New York, NY : Filmakers Library, [1998]
Access Restriction
Access restricted to subscribers.
Description
1 online resource (1 video file (57 min.)) : sound, color
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