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Title Law and war in rural Kenya / a film by Suzette Heald
Published London, UK : Royal Anthropological Institute, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (64 min.)
Series Ethnographic video online, volume 2
Summary In 1998, a new movement swept through Kuria, in S.W. Kenya with dramatic effect. Cattle raiding fuelled by the increasing presence of guns had led to a situation of total insecurity, with all in fear of the thieves. In April of that year, a group of men in just one location, Bukira East, effected a new organisation merging ideas from the Tanzanian vigilante movement, sungusungu, with their own indigenous assembly, the iritongo. Within a year the movement had spread throughout Kuria and the District as a whole was at peace. This film revisits the iritongo movement ten years later. In telling the story of its origin, and its current operation, it reveals a broad contrast between the areas where the iritongo still operates, though with some difficulty, and those where it has faltered and died. In these latter areas there has been a revival of clan raiding and warfare. The film is observational in style, with the situation described through the words of the participants, emphasizing their agency. There is, thus, extensive use of sub-titles
Notes Originally released as a motion picture in 2010
Previously released as DVD
This edition In English and Kuria with English subtitles
Subject Violence -- Kenya -- Kuria District -- Prevention.
Social conflict -- Kenya.
Kuria (African people) -- Social life and customs.
Kenya -- Ethnic relations.
Genre/Form Nonfiction films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Heald, Suzette.
Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.