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Kanraxel: the Confluence of Agnack

Events • Linguistics • Film

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.

Click here to watch the film's trailer. 

Speakers:

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