crossposted from H-Africa <H-AFRICA@MSU.EDU>
from: Cornelius Moore, California Newsreel
California Newsreel's Library of African Cinema is in the
process of acquiring a new feature film by Guinean filmmaker
Mohamed Camara entitled DAKAN. It is the first African film to
deal directly with the question of homosexuality.
An important part of the film is the unsuccessful attempt to
"cure" one of the young men by a traditional healer (the
ceremony seems to center on his mother, her "linceul" - the
bloody sheet from her wedding night - and mud).
We are looking for an Africanist familiar with traditional
Guinean beliefs who can view the program and possibly offer some
background on this ritual which we can use in the program notes.
Also any general info on attitudes towards homosexuality in
Guinea would be greatly appreciated. Cassettes (at present) is
in French with French subtitles when characters are not speaking
French. If you would be interested in helping us please contact
us or suggest people we might contact.