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Title Counterpoint Botswana / directed by Richard Werbner
Published London : Royal Anthropological Institute, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (45 min.)
Series Ethnographic video online, volume 1
Forum follies
Summary Seeing Holy Hustler, the 2009 film made in Botswana, local viewers respond and discuss it with the filmmaker Richard Werbner in 2011. Counterpoint Botswana captures the reception by home audience. Widely shared are moments evoking laughter, shock and remarkably intense, thoughtful reflection. Holy Hustlers is moving, local viewers agree. But while welcoming that - it is seen to be a documentary that appeals to people in Botswana - they disagree, when asked about the reasons for their responses; and they argue about characters, scenes and the very nature of representation in Holy Hustlers. The screenings elicit contradictory interpretations. These are expressed by some subjects of the film, by University of Botswana staff, students and the invited public, and by activists of two youth organisations, YOHO (Youth Health Organisation) and YIAS (Youth in Action Society)
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed Mar. 12, 2014)
Previously released as DVD
This edition in English
Subject Documentary films -- Botswana.
Pentecostal churches -- Botswana -- Gaborone.
Healers -- Botswana.
Traditional medicine -- Botswana.
Healing -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Spiritual healing -- Botswana.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Werbner, Richard P., director