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Title:Kasiya Maliro the great mother of Gule Wamkulu: 160 of her children filmed in action
Editor:Chisale, Claude BoucherISNI
Publisher:Kungoni Production
Geographic term:Malawi
traditional festivals
anthropological films (form)
videos (form)
Abstract:This documentary presents a collection of 160 Gule masquerade characters filmed over 25 years (1988 to 2012) in the central areas of Mua, Mtakataka, Kapiri and Golomoti of Malawi. It reveals Gule Wamkulu as the storehouse of Chewa culture, showing the richness, creativity and originality of the Great dance, which is placed at the service of the Mwambo, the teaching of the ancestors. The film offers first-hand experience of the tremendous variety of characters and seeks to understand their hidden messages. It illustrates the numerous contexts in which Gule Wamkulu is performed: rain ceremonies, initiation, chieftainship, eldership, spirit possession, funeral commemoration, institutional and village festivals, and political and health development rallies. The 160 Gule characters selected for this production are then presented in alphabetical order. The film offers a visual experience of the director's publication 'When animals sing and spirits dance'. [Abstract reproduced from dvd-video]