Kalanda - the Knowledge of the Bush

© Ferrarini
62 minutes / Colour / 2014
Directed by
Lorenzo Ferrarini

Anthropologist Lorenzo Ferrarini

Country of production United Kingdom

In some parts of West Africa, hunting is much more than killing animals. A donso is no common hunter, but a healer, a diviner, a ritual specialist and amulet maker. Kalanda is a unique initiatory journey into their knowledge from the perspective of the filmmaker. It was filmed during a year of research in Burkina Faso, thanks to the filmmakers initiation into donsoya. His teacher becomes a narrator who carries him and the viewer through a variety of experiences that show the richness of donsoya.

Language and subtitles Original Version with English Subtitles

Region West Africa

Country Burkina Faso

Keywords Hunting / Gathering / Fishing Religion / Belief / Faith Education / Knowledge Transmission Ritual