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West African musician Diro Dah
16mm. Color. 11 minutes.
Available in DVD, VHS video or 16mm film.
Director-Cameraman-Editor: Taale Laafi Rosellini
Sound: Kathleen Ann Johnson
Co-editor: Linda Moss
Narrated by Richard Lawson
A portrait of West African musician Diro Dah, who gathers materials from nature to construct, tune and play a new kankarama musical bow. Using music to imitate the rising and falling tones of Lor, the language of the Lobi people, in a hide-and-seek game, Diro delightfully engages village children as he directs them to a hidden object with his talking musical bow.
- Awards and Premieres
- Red Ribbon Award, American Film Festival
- CINE Golden Eagle Award [Cinematography]
- Best of Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival
- World Premiere, Third World Film Festival
- African Premiere, FESPACO (Festival Panafricain du Cinéma de Ouagadougou)—the biggest Black film festival on the planet
- “Excellent photography. Increases intercultural awareness. Idea and content are superior. Technical quality very good. For programs and classes on music in other cultures. Subject areas: African/Black Studies, Anthropology, Language Studies and Linguistics, Music & Musicians, Social Studies.”
—Educational Film Library Association.
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$149Written permission from producer required for all broadcast screenings.