Gule Wamkulu: The Great Dance


1991 / 37 minutes

Directed by
Charles Namondwe
Country of production
United Kingdom
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
Southern Africa
Dance / Theatre / Performance Ritual