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Grade Level: Coll-Adult
Producer: DER
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 75 mins
Country of Origin: United States
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Copyright Date: 2008
Available in French: Yes

A unique voyage through the music, dance and spirit possession practices of the Ovahimba people of north-western Namibia and south-western Angola, Keep the Dance Alive features remarkable footage of how dance and spirit possession is integrated into everyday life from infancy to death.

The documentary presents a singular vision of the Ovahimba people, that of director Rina Sherman who filmed the lives of an Omuhimba family for seven years. She focuses on how singing, rhythm and voice work together with dance and spirit possession to compose a complete imaginary universe and a dense and complex social structure.

Awards: Screened at:
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York, 2007
  • RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Manchester, England, 2007
  • La Cinémathéque de la Danse, Paris, France, 2008
  • International Festival of Films on Tribal Art & Culture, India, 2008
  • IV Moscow International Visual Anthropology Festival, Russia, 2008
  • European Association of Social Anthropologists' Film, Video & New Media Festival, Slovenia, 2008
  • XXII Pärnu International Film Festival, Estonia, 2008
  • 28th Amiens International Film Festival, France, 2008

Links: http://www.ovahimba.info