African Drum, Beyond the Beat provides an extraordinary portrait of the various social functions of the drum in West African society. The film uses a famous ode to the African drum to demonstrate its pervasive role in society over time. The drum’s social functions range from use in work songs, to communication, to religious rituals, through to one of its more contemporary uses, by fans at football games. Movie W is screening this film in cooperation with Wageningen UR and UCAS as part of One-World Week. Entry is free!
To what extent does rhythm, in the form of physical movement or in music, help sooth a distressed mind? What plausible beneficial effects does physical movement have on health? How do people experience psychological conditions such as depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder and other mental disorders? How are these conditions, scientifically understood in western terminology, experienced in non-western cultures? How do people deal with them? This topic is covered in a lecture, debate and workshop given by Folly Teko from UCAS.
Interactivity will play an important part. Viewers will be able to let their hair down during the African dances that alternate with the film fragments. There will be an opportunity for people to learn from each other. Participants from various cultural backgrounds are warmly welcome, since the greater the diversity of the participants, the more rewarding the outcome will be. (FT/KvR)