Gule Wamkulu: The Great Dance

© Namondwe
37 minutes / Colour / 1991
Directed by
Charles Namondwe


Country of production United Kingdom

Series Granada Center for Visual Anthropology Student Film

Performed by the Chewa secret societies, Gule Wamkulu is a form of masked dance which takes place at male initiation ceremonies, funerals, and other major celebrations. Acting as a medium between the ancestral world of spirits and the mundane present, Gule Wamkulu symbolises almost the entire spectrum of life's emotions and actions.

Language and subtitles Original Version with English Subtitles

Region Southern Africa

Keywords Dance / Theatre / Performance Ritual