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 - The Knowledge of the Bush is a unique initiatory journey into the knowledge of donsoya from the perspective of the filmmaker. It was filmed during a year of research in Burkina Faso, thanks to the filmmaker's initiation and practice of donsoya.
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Get the film KALANDA - The Knowledge of the Bush and all the content from the Extras package: 6 short documentaries and almost two hours of the music of the hunters.
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Six short documentaries and almost two hours of the music of the hunters:
- Numuya - the blacksmiths of Bobo Dioulasso
- The Taxidermist - a story of hippos and men
- Masks from the Bush - when animals and spirits roam the village
- Slaughterhouse ABF - a piece of sensory ethnography
- How to Make Things with Words - medicinal water made of words
- Making more Things with Words - amulets made of words
- Diakalia Traoré and Bakari Ouattara - 9 tracks featuring two donso harps
- Yere Majigi group - 6 tracks mixing donso harps and xylophone music
Lorenzo Ferrarini is an anthropologist based in Manchester UK, where he teaches ethnographic documentary at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester. Before moving to Britain he studied anthropology and ethnomusicology in Milano, Italy, where he collaborates with the LEAV – Ethnomusicology and Visual Anthropology Lab at the University of Milan since its establishment, in 2005. Here he developed his passion for photography and learned to shoot and edit video, in addition to various techniques of field sound recording. Lorenzo can also work as a graphic and web designer.
He completed two extensive researches on Egyptian migrants in Italy (2007-2008) and donso hunters in Western Burkina Faso (2011-2012). In both cases he used radically participant and participated methods, sharing everyday practical activities and the conception of his media projects.
KALANDA - The Knowledge of the Bush is his first feature-length documentary, and it will be followed by the upcoming The Sambla Baan.