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The Blooms Of Banjeli(Movie, 1986)

29min | Genre: Documentary
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The Blooms of Banjeli is a Togolese short documentary film directed by Carlyn Saltman. The 29-minute film includes footage from 1914 not released until 1986 or 1987. It documents the town of Banjeli, from its iron smelting technology to local rituals and sexual prohibitions. ()
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About The Blooms Of Banjeli

The Blooms of Banjeli documents research in Banjeli, Togo on iron-smelting technology, its rituals, and the sexual prohibitions surrounding it. Including rare historical footage from the same village in 1914, it provides a unique technological record of the traditional method of preparing a furnace to smelt iron. This documentary offers an interesting approach to our understanding of the relationship between conceptions of gender and technology in traditional African society. The people of Banjeli liken the furnace to a woman's body, which is 'impregnated' by the smelter. The process of smelting is compared to that of giving birth, the furnace being the womb and the iron bloom, the newborn.


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Production country: Togo
Plays in: Togo
Original language: English (EN)
Spoken languages: English (EN)
Translated into 1 language: English (EN)
Status: Released
Release date US: 01/01/1986
Keywords: woman director

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WatchPlayStream ID: MOVIES:200382, Added: 04/25/2018, Last updated: 02/13/2021