The Nightmare of a Belief # 59

The Nightmare of a Belief

17:00, Friday 14th June, CMB 3

rai 59 the nightmare of a beleif

  • Director/Anthropologist: Samuel Loe
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 62 mins
  • Country of Production: Cameroon / Germany
  • Location: Cameroon
  • Ethnic Group: Bamileke
  • Language: French, German, English (English, German)

The director Samuel Loe undertakes a journey into the nightmare of his childhood: a world full of fear, darkness, worries, confusion, illusions, grief, wickedness, magic and doom - the world of black magic. He was born in Cameroon and grew up in a society where everyone believed in witchcraft. Every tragedy or evil was caused by supernatural activities. His life as a child was marked by witchcraft belief and practices. After five years of studying film, he returned to his country with the aim of unveiling the mysteries and secrets of witchcraft in the deep forest of Mbangui Chari. Based on his personal experience the film tells a true story and shows ritual practices and victims of witchcraft in Cameroon society.

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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.

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