Becoming a woman in Okrika

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Becoming a woman in Okrika

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.

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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

Date:
Directed by:
Elisa Mereghetti and Judith Gleason
Length:
25'
Year:
1990
Production:
Gleason, Kamel Film
contribution:
Ann and Erlo Van Waveren Foundation
Photography:
Elisa Mereghetti
Editing:
Sandra Degiuli
Date:
Directed by:
Elisa Mereghetti and Judith Gleason
Length:
25'
Year:
1990
Production:
Gleason, Kamel Film
contribution:
Ann and Erlo Van Waveren Foundation
Photography:
Elisa Mereghetti
Editing:
Sandra Degiuli
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