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Title Mursi, the
Series Disappearing World Series
Filmmaker Leslie Woodhead
Year 1975
Subject Politics
Format VHS
Region Africa
Description Produced by Granada Television International. 1975. ISBN: ? Summary The Mursi, an unadministered tribe living in remote south-west Ethiopia, are a cattle-keeping and agricultural group without chiefs or leaders. This film, made under extremely difficult conditions, focuses on the way decisions are made in this society at a time of crisis. The crisis occurs when a shortage of grazing land, during a draught in 1974, led to warfare with their neighbours, the Bodi. The greater part of the film is concerned with a debate over the Bodi peace proposals. The Mursi reach their political decisions in formal debate at which point each warrior who rises to speak is heard patiently until all the important issues have been raised and a measure of agreement has emerged. Descript 1 videocassette (52 min.) : sd., color ; 1/2 in Series Disappearing World Series Cast Director: Leslie Woodhead Adviser: David Turton Subject Ethiopia Political decision makings in formal debates