Miraculous Water

Miraculous Water

Effects of Scarcity and Abundance in Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Mali

Streaming Video - 2008
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In sub-Saharan Africa, water is the focus of daily life. This program seeks to understand its centrality by investigating the situation at Lake Ganvie, Benin, an "African Venice" where survival is threatened by environmental changes, improper sanitation, and water-related illnesses; a perceived correlation among Dogon elders between their people's shift away from the worship of Nommo and an increase in drought conditions; the scarcity of and limited access to water in Ethiopia near the Sahel; annual mud-fishing in Mali, as malnourished locals, desperate to fill their stomachs, gather unhealthy fish in the sure knowledge that eating them will make them ill; and the worship of Mami Wata on the banks of the Volta River and the annual fetatotro, a turning-of-the-year festival.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2008], c2004
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (53 min.) : sd., col., digital file

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