Imbalu: Ritual of Manhood of the Gisu of Uganda

© Hawkins
69 minutes / Colour / 1988
Directed by
Richard Hawkins

Anthropologist Suzette Heald

Country of production United States United Kingdom

An insightful documentary, constructed with visual restraint, about the male circumcision ritual among the Gisu of Uganda. The narrative follows one male participant through the ritual and contrasts his hopes and anxieties on this important day of his life with the expectations of the rest of the village and some rude remarks of his circumcisers.

Language and subtitles Original Version with English Subtitles

Region East Africa

Country Uganda

Keywords Ritual Gender Role and Identity