Mamelles Ancestrales

    • Tabita Rezaire
    • Senegal
    • 2019
    • 45 min
    • Linear, Installation
    • World Premiere
    • DocLab Domesticating Reality, IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program

    Megaliths are ancient stone monuments, often in the form of a circle, and are found all over the world. In The Gambia and Senegal, they are seen as shrines, reminding the locals of the rich cultures that existed in the region before it was colonized. This cinematic installation takes us to the center of a replica stone circle, and to the core of the debate about the search for knowledge about these structures. Should scientific explanations get priority over spiritual or cultural interpretations?

    As the film progresses, the meaning of the structures changes. Interviewees see them as the resting place of prominent figures from the community, as a geological phenomenon or as an archaeological site. Their stories highlight the difference between the modern world of measurement and prediction and that of mythology and ancient cosmology. But the images, animations and sounds used also show that these different forms of knowledge sometimes have more similarities than you might think.


    • 45 min
    Tabita Rezaire
    Key collaborator
    Hivos, Ker Thiossane - Villa for Art and Multimedia, ZKM - Center for Art and Media, IFAN - Fundamental Institute of Black Africa
    Tabita Rezaire
    Tabita Rezaire
    Tabita Rezaire

    IDFA history

    World Premiere
    DocLab Domesticating Reality
    IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling
    DocLab Program

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