Sons of the Moon

© Speed
25 minutes / Colour / 1984
Directed by
Frank Speed Deirdre LaPin

Country of production United Kingdom

In isolated mountain hamlets in Nigeria’s Jos Plateau the Ngas have traditionally observed the movements of the moon in the night sky. The moon is a key symbol in Ngas cosmology, believed to regulate the rhythm of all life. The film traces the moon’s influence on Ngas work and thought during a single growing season. The documentary tells the story form the point of view of a single traditional Ngas bard.

Language and subtitles English (no subtitles)

Region West Africa

Country Nigeria

Keywords Religion / Belief / Faith Music / Ethnomusicology Everyday Life Ritual