Mammy Water


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Mammy Water

  1. Sunday, February 17, 2013 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Mammy Water
This screening of Mammy Water will be immediately followed by a screening of The Lion Hunters.

On the coast of Ghana, in the shadows of the Portuguese slave forts, lies the Gulf of Guinea. This sea is home to the “surf boys”, teams of expert fisherman who paddle into the ocean in large canoes, sometimes staying at sea for one or even two nights. Their success is governed by water spirits (‘Mammy Water’). Villagers must honor the spirits with a ceremony if they wish to ensure their fortunes. More strictly observational than most of Rouch’s films, it takes an intimate look at the spiritual traditions and the wider life of a West African fishing village. (DigiBeta presentation)