This film screening of a unique documentary about linguistic and cultural diversity in a small village in Southern Senegal tells the story of the people of Agnack as they laboriously prepare for a once in a lifetime event - an event that gathers relatives from near and far for days of eating, drinking, dancing and sacrifice in celebration of the village's late leader. A village and place often portrayed as tribal, isolated and underdeveloped, the village of Agnack Grand in Casamance, a region of meandering rivers and wetlands, is a place where most people speak a minimum of six languages. This film celebrates not just the culture and multilingualism of Agnack, but of the whole of Africa.
Professor Friederike Lupke, SOAS, University of London
Anna Sowa, Chouette Films
Remigiusz Sowa, Chouette Films
Samantha Goodchild, SOAS, University of London
Chaired by Professor Graham Furniss FBA, SOAS
Image © Chouette Films