BECOMING A WOMAN IN OKRIKA

 
BECOMING A WOMAN
IN OKRIKA

okrika-cibo

CREDITS

A production Judith Gleason – Kamel Film
With the contribution of the Ann and Erlo Van Waveren Foundation
Directed by:: Elisa Mereghetti e Judith Gleason
Photography: Elisa Mereghetti
Collaboration: Wariboko Bouari
Length: 25′

AWARDS / SCREENINGS

Broadcast by RAITRE
Margaret Mead Film Festival- New York 1991
First Prize Rassegna Internazionale di Film Antropologico
ed Etnografico – Nuoro 1990
Festival dei Popoli – Sezione antropologica – Roma, Museo Pigorini 1990
Festival di Bellaria 1990
American Film and Video Festival – American Anthropological
Association 1990
XIV Edizione degli Incontri di Cinema e Donne – Firenze 1992

Female initiation rituals in the Niger Delta, Nigeria.
Iria, the female initiation ritual on Okrika Island, in the Niger Delta, prescribes that girls getting close to marrying age are fattened for three weeks. At the end of the segregation period they are exposed in public. The presence of water spirits during a collective race confirms their final entering into adultness.