Annual Festival of the Dead

Alternative Title: N/A

Series Title: African Village Life


The Dogan tribe devotes its most important annual festival to a commemoration of those who died in the past year. The villagers put on sham attacks and perform war games in the village square. With dance movements, the warriors enact the accomplishments, or what might have been accomplishments, of their departed comrades.  Women bring offerings for the relatives of the departed. The men, massed together, parade to the houses of those who departed within the past year. The festival concludes with the men drinking millet beer and the women dancing. (NYPL catalog)


Edited Film

Country/Location: Mali

Tribe or Group: Dogon

Director: Hermann Schlenker

Cinematographer: Hermann Schlenker

Production Company: IFF

Running Time: 14 min.

Years Filmed: 1965

Decade Produced: 1960s

Years Distributed: -1967

Film Gauge: 16mm

Stock: Safety

Footage Count: 507'

Sound: Un-narrated, Recorded On Location

Notes: All footage shot for IFF. The Original Camera Negative is owned by Hermann Schlenker. IFF does not own the OCN- returned to Schlenker after production of internegatives. There are 12 titles in the African Village Life Series.

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