||Produced by Granada Television International. 1991.
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.
The Mursi is a serious and important film, both ethnographically and as a contribution to the understanding of political systems.
1 videocassette (52 min.) : sd., color ; 1/2 in
Disappearing World Series
Director: Leslie Woodhead
Adviser: David Turton
Subject Ethiopia, politics, agriculture