There is Nothing Wrong With My Uncle # 19

There is Nothing Wrong With My Uncle

14:00, Saturday 15th June, CMB 1&2

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Dul Johnson
  • Year of Release: 2010
  • Duration: 62 mins
  • Location: Plateau State, Nigeria
  • Ethnic Group: Tarok
  • Language: Tarok (English)


Nigerian writer Dul Johnson returns to his native Tarok land to observe local death rituals and to record the Tarok ways of dealing with grief and honouring the departed.

The film provides a valuable record of traditional Tarok practices, collects local knowledge and bears witness to perceived tensions between Taroks who have converted to the Christian faith, and Taroks who are following ‘the Tradition’, broadly defined as ancestor worship. More than a mere depiction of events, the film also explores the difficulties of the filmmaker in investigating his own community, and exposes his process and his changing relationship with the subject.

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Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival will be held from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 16 June 2013 in Edinburgh, hosted by National Museums Scotland and the STAR consortium. Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Over 60 new films will be screened alongside a conference 'New Observations' and a selection of special events and workshop about art & anthropology and the use of archival film.

The RAI Film Festival is held in collaboration with the Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California.

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