Customs of the Angolan people are reviewed in documentaries

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Customs of the Angolan people are reviewed in documentaries
Customs of the Angolan people are reviewed in documentaries

Africa-Press – Angola. The different cultural traits of the people of Angola, within the ethnographic context, will be shown in documentaries, entitled “Imiji Ya Ngola”, on the 25th, 26th and 27th of this month, from 17:00, at the Centro Cultural Brasil – Angola (CCBA ), in Luanda.

The first edition of “Imiji Ya Ngola” (cokwe name which in Portuguese means “Raízes de Angola”) includes the screening of several documentaries on African history and anthropologies, through samples of journalistic works and debates on the themes.

The initiative of MM Produções, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Angola, begins with the exhibition, on the 25th, at 5 pm, at the CCBA, of the documentary “Os Reis do Leste”, in reference to the celebrations of Africa Day.

The documentary, of the journalistic genre, with a duration of 45 minutes, portrays the trajectory of the Cokwe, Lutchaze and Luvale peoples, inhabitants of Moxico, based on the testimonies of some of the traditional authorities of the region.

In the film, the actors defend theses about the origins, customs, beliefs and protagonisms in the sociocultural hegemony of these peoples, as forms of marking territorial borders and ascension in the social scale.

On the following day, the 26th, the 40-minute documentary “Ngudi a Nkama, a rainha dos Bassuku” is shown in the same space, about the migration of inhabitants from the former Congo Empire to the lands of the Lundas, particularly in Lunda- North and in the region of Loremo, which was marked by wars and conquests between tribes.

In this production, with a special emphasis, attention falls to the young queen’s enthronement ritual: the preparation of the royal house, the dowries offered by the members of the court, the ritualistic dances and the mysteries surrounding the preparation to assume the throne.

On the 27th, at the same time and place, “Efico: Ritual de Initiação Feminine” is shown on the multiple customs of the populations of southern Angola, especially the initiation ritual for girls, aged between 14 and 18, which prepares them for adult life.

The focus of this 50-minute documentary is on the girls from the villages of Humbe, families that share the border between the provinces of Cunene and Huíla, who are confined for two weeks in a typical house in the region, called Mufiko, to learn all the legacy of this ritual.

During the exhibition of the films, the organization will hold, after the sessions, some debates around the subjects represented in the various productions.

Valuation

The mentor and producer of the audiovisual project, Miguel Manuel, yesterday told that the idea is to hold, annually, a conference on national heritage and cultural heritage, in particular, and the African one, in general, followed by of an analysis of the customs and marks of the ancestry of African peoples.

For the producer, it is important to start investing more in works capable of helping to preserve, through documents, the cultural heritage of the Angolan people, as a way of encouraging research and studies on the past.

The documentaries, he said, should highlight, above all, the daily lives of the populations, works of art and other traditions of historical and cultural importance, for certain regions.

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