The Jie are a semi‑nomadic pastoral people living in Northeastern Uganda, who at the time were striving to maintain their way of life in the face of unsympathetic government policy, and, at the time of filming, a dry‑season famine. This award-winning film is remarkable for its sense of intimacy and for the way in which it allows the Jie to emerge as individuals with their own views of the reasons for the famine and what was to be done about it. This is achieved by the skilled use of sub-titles and inter-titles, and by the device of restricting a great deal of the action to the day-to-day happenings in a single homestead (from the RAI Film Catalogue).
"One of the most humorous, touching, informative, and (in both spirit and aesthetics) beautiful anthropological films I have ever seen." -- Karen Cooper, Film Forum, New York City
Ethnographic Film Screenings Michaelmas Term 2017
Wednesdays, 3pm, Lecture Theatre, 61 Banbury Road