God Is A Liar: Tradition and Change In Turkana # 43

God Is A Liar: Tradition and Change In Turkana

11:15, Saturday 15th June, Museum Auditorium

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Eugenie Reidy and Frederic Courbet, Eugenie Reidy
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Country of Production: Kenya
  • Location: Kenya
  • Ethnic Group: Turkana
  • Language: Turkana (English Subtitles)

This film is based on time spent living with semi-nomadic pastoralists in Turkana. People tell stories, share myths, and explain how life is. Many also speak of change; in particular, familiar rainfall patterns have become disrupted or completely stopped. This is changing people’s relationships with the environment they have always known, the God they feel responsible, and outsiders who bring aid that challenges their self-reliance. Today drought, conflict and development are transforming Turkana, and projecting many outsider options onto it: in light of that, those who participated in this film did so to speak for themselves.

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