Accepted paper:

Kalanda - The Knowledge of the Bush


Lorenzo Ferrarini (University of Manchester)

Paper short abstract:

A documentary film about donsoya, the knowledge of initiated hunters in Burkina Faso.

Paper long abstract:

In some parts of West Africa, hunting is much more than killing animals. A donso is no common hunter, but a healer, a diviner, a ritual specialist and amulet maker. Kalanda is a unique initiatory journey into their knowledge from the perspective of the filmmaker. It was filmed during a year of research in Burkina Faso, thanks to the filmmaker's initiation to donsoya. His teacher becomes a narrator who carries him and the viewer through a variety of experiences that show the richness of donsoya. Director: Lorenzo Ferrarini 2014 Jula with English subtitles 62'

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