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Kenya Boran Part I



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From the Kenya series in the Faces of Change collection
by David MacDougall and James Blue
color, 33 min, 1974
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In the midst of a traditional herding territory, a growing town and a new road encroach upon a once-isolated desert people. The complexities brought about by this modernization are shown as two fathers and their sons confront difficult choices between old ways and new.

Kenya Boran Part I was designed to provide the social, economic, and political background of the Boran and introduce themes developed in detail in othre films. It is especially important to establish a base line for traditional lifestyles and attitudes, increasingly subject to pressures-both intentional and incidental-for change.


About the Faces of Change collection
This revolutionary series of 26 - 16mm films and videos, funded by the National Science Foundation, produced by Norman Miller and documented by some of the finest ethnographic filmmakers of our time is now available through D.E.R. The films examine 5 cultures selected for the diversity of their geographic location: starting with the China Coast at sea level and moving up to Taiwan, then to Afghanistan, Kenya and finally to the mountains of Bolivia. Each location is examined through 5 themes: Rural Society, Education, Rural Economy, Women, and Beliefs. Detailed instructors notes are available for an additional $10.00.


films in the Kenya series:
Boran Herdsmen
Boran Women
Harambee: Pull Together
Kenya Boran II



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