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Sorcerers of Zaire [electronic resource]

Scott Dodds Productions
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
For the rural Chokwe tribe of southwestern Zaire, hardship and starvation are a way of life. The mood in their villages is one of austerity and mystery. To assure that their modest food supply is distributed fairly, the Chokwe use a complex system of reprisals in which sorcerers are hired to resurrect ancestral ghosts to haunt those who hoard goods, causing them illness and death. This program, from the award-winning producers of Healers of Ghana, focuses on four patients and two healers, following them through their traditional medical treatments. The program also observes the rigorous initiation ritual in which masked dancers help prepare boys for manhood.
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51 min.
12 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on November 03, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Scrub Lands of Zaire (1:33)
  • Struggling to Survive (2:42)
  • "Illness of the Ghost" (3:52)
  • Healing Namabo (4:31)
  • Providing Tribal Food (3:21)
  • Area Healers (3:41)
  • Banishing the Ghost (3:58)
  • Objects from the Dead (3:05)
  • Take Your Medicine! (1:21)
  • Secret Camp (4:47)
  • Part of the Initiation Ceremony (1:56)
  • A Bewitched Baby? (3:29)
  • Kaji's Funeral (6:00)
  • Life Continues (3:35)
  • Celebration (Credits) (2:14)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c1993.
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6136 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (51 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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