Gone to the Village: Royal Funerary Rites for Asantehemaa Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II

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Event Date: 
October 2, 2019
Event Time: 
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Michigan Theater
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Gone to the Village is a unique and powerful documentary, beautifully filmed, of the elaborate funerary rites for the Queen Mother of the Asante in Ghana. Leading Asante scholar Kwasi Ampene directs and narrates with the authority, gaze and sensitivity of a true insider, with stunning footage of the rich cultural traditions of the Asante people. Filmed on location in Kumase during the funeral, we witness traditions that have stubbornly and proudly resisted the onslaught of colonial rule and globalization. Through the film, we learn about the history of the Asante as well as the central role of women in this matriarchal society.

The scenes of dance, song, drumming, proverbs, and dress code are of exceptional and exquisite beauty, unprecedented in the African continent.

Seating starts at 6:30 pm.

Watch the video trailer: https://youtu.be/C2buzvL4bGY

Funding from the University of Michigan: The Office of Research (UMOR) / LSA Scholarship/Research Fund (LSA) / African Studies Center (ASC) / The Michigan Musical Heritage Project (MMHP) / Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS)Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) / The African Humanities and Heritage Inititive (AHHI at the ASC) / Institute for Resarch on Women & Gender (IRWG)