BETWEEN ISLAM AND THE SACRED FOREST
- Martin Gruber & Frank Seidel
- Germany, USA
- 52 min
Martin Gruber works as a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Anthropology and Cultural Research at the University of Bremen. Martin studied Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, London and Social Anthropology at Hamburg University. He worked as a freelance filmmaker and researcher before completing a PhD on Participatory Ethnographic Filmmaking in 2013.
An anthropologist and a linguist from Germany are trying to understand a ritual, taking place in a small village on the coast of Guinea, West Africa. Between Islam and the Sacred Forest tells a story about the women’s power to create their own space in a male dominated society and the more general struggle between Muslim and indigenous religious practices. The film was made in collaboration with the local Nalu community in order to document their language and cultural practices.
Original language: Nalu, French, Susu