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Imbalu: Ritual of Manhood of the Gisu of Uganda

Imbalu: Ritual of Manhood of the Gisu of Uganda. © S Heald

Director Richard Hawkins, Suzette Heald
Country/Production USA / UK
Release 1988
Length 69 mins
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Uganda / Africa
Ethnic Group Gisu
Prizes/Commendations Commendation Basil Wright Film Prize 1990

Order No RAI-200.197
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An insightful documentary, constructed with visual restraint, about the male circumcision ritual among the Gisu of Uganda. The narrative follows one male participant through the ritual and contrasts his hopes and anxieties on this important day of his life with the expectations of the rest of the village and some rude remarks of his circumcisers.

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