- Directed By: Jean Rouch
- 18 Minutes
- Sunday, February 17, 2013 6:30 p.m.
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)