The Ovahimba Years – Les années Ovahimba / Rina Sherman
A Research Study in Namibia and Angola in Text, Film, Photography
Une étude de recherche en Namibie et Angola ; texte, film, photographie
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Wiping the TearsEssuyer les larmes

From L to R: Kandanda Tjongora, Vuaanderua and Kamboo Mukuru

Rina Sherman

Video, 75 min', 2012, VO STVA & STVF, Distribution: k éditeur

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Rétrospective Rina Sherman

La vie en ville & Les années Ovahimba

Samedi 19 novembre 2075

Salle de cinéma
Musée du quai Branly

A Collection of Films

Keep the Dance Alive – Que la danse continue

A film about the music, dance and spirit possession practices of the Otjiherero language speaking groups of Namibia and Angola. Ovahimba, Ovadhimba, Ovahakaona, Ovagambwe, Ovakuvale, Ovatua… all share a common culture and belief system. The film explores the various ways in which music and dance transcend their everyday lives from infancy to death.

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Screenings: RAI, Margaret Mead, La SCAM – 2007
La Cinémathèque de la danse
à la Cinémathèque française, le 30 juin 2008
Selected for the:
Vidéodanse 2009, Centre Pompidou
Dockanema 2009, Maputo, Mozambique
July 2009 : Film Festival of the 16th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), Kunming, China

XXII Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival. July 6 – 27, 2008
2008 EASA Film, Video and New Media Festival (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 26-29 August 2008)
The IV Moscow International Visual Anthropology Festival « Mediating Camera » (Oct 2-8, 2008)
28th Amiens International Film Festival Novembre, 2008
2nd Women's Film Festival in Chennai, India, 3rd March 2009
Swedish Educational Television, April 2009

Feminist Review looks at Keep the Dance Alive
Divine Caroline interviews Rina Sherman

Résumé. Un film sur des pratiques de musique, de danse et de transe de possession des groupes de langue Otjiherero du nord-ouest namibien et du sud-ouest angolais. Ils sont Ovahimba, Ovadhimba, Ovahakaona, Ovagambwe, Ovakuvale, Ovatua ; Ils partagent tous une même culture et un même système de pensée. Le film explore les différentes façons dont la musique et la danse transcendent leur vie quotidienne de la petite enfance jusqu'à la mort.
Production : Art Cinématographique ArtisanalLow Tech Film Art. 80 mn, video, 2007.

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Ovaryange tji veya – When Visitors Come – Quand les invites arrivent

A film about the relationship between anthropologist, Rina Sherman and an Omuhimba family with whom she lived for seven years, filming and photographing aspects of their everyday and ritual lives. Halfway through her tenure in the field, Rina Sherman presented a multi-media exhibition, entitled The Ovahimba Years: Work in Progress in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. A group of young people from the community of Etanga travelled to Windhoek to participate in the exhibition.
The film explores the evolution of this relationship that lead to the exhibition, shows the group of young people discovering the presentation of their cultural heritage at the exhibition, holding performances as part of the programme presented, and shows the resulting discussions and consequences of the exhibition, once everyone is back in Ovahimba country. When Visitors Come is a film about an anthropologist in situ, and evokes several notions central to fieldwork, such as the nature of the bond between the observer and the observed, the observed observer, participant-anthropology and emotion as possible vector or hindrance in fieldwork.

30 mn, video, 2006

Screenings: Rencontres Paris-Berlin 2007

Kurakurisa Ouruvi – Shake Your Brains

A film about alcohol abuse in the Kunene North Region of Namibia. It was made to alert the youth of the detrimental effects of alcohol abuse. The film provides and overview of alcohol abuse amongst the Ovahimba and Ovadhimba communities of Kaokoland. A number of members of these communities provide moving and sometimes amusing witnesses of the devastating and often tragic effects of alcohol abuse. Whilst alcohol abuse is a problem in the Kunene Region of Namibia, with not only permanent commercial and traditional selling points in the larger and smaller urban areas but also itinerant traders selling or exchanging alcohol throughout the region, it is still limited for the most part to only a part of the population and takes place as an occasional rather than an ongoing occurrence.
The film served as an educational tool in a variety of educational and guidance applications and as such was targeted at the youth both on a regional and national level. The making of this film was an opportunity for The Ovahimba Years Project to share its resources, equipment and expertise with members of the community and other partners working in the Region.

Production : Art Cinématographique Artisanal – Low Tech Film Art, 50 mn, video, 2000.
Screenings: Première: 2002, National Theatre of Namibia.
April 2004: Cinéma et anthropologie filmique, Chroniques d'un autre regard, Cinémathèque française,
Festival Selection: October 2000, 21st Durban International Film Festival.


Voyage, Voyage – La Namibie

At the end of the first year of her stay with the Ovahimba, Rina Sherman directed In the Outskirts of Opuwo, for the Arte series, Voyage, Voyage. Opuwo is the administrative and economic centre of Kaokoland, the country of the Ovahimba and Ovaherero pastoral peoples. Impressions of a sojourn in this Northern frontier town, a melting pot in its own right. 40 mn, video, 1999

: JBA Productions for the series, VOYAGE, VOYAGE of LA SEPT ARTE
April 1999, First Notes from the Field, National Gallery of Namibia.
Avril 2004, Cinéma et anthropologie filmique, Chroniques d'un autre regard, Cinémathèque française.

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