Film: The Chairman and the Lions


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  • Host Department: African Studies Center (ASC)
  • Date: 12/06/2012
  • Time: 7:00PM

  • Location: Michigan Theater Screening Room

  • Description:

    "The Chairman and the Lions"

    Directed by Peter Biella, Produced by Kelly Askew, Frank Ikoyo, Juma
    Muriga and Howard Stein

    The Maasai leader of a Tanzanian village battles many lions that
    threaten his community-'bush' lawyers, land grabbers, migration and
    lack of education. Chairman Frank Ikoyo provides a glimpse into the
    current world of Maasai-burdened with problems that the community is
    ill equipped to overcome. He advocates education as a key to village
    self-determination, despite the fact that it can produce "educated
    criminals." The film depicts Ikoyo's duties as Chairman-persuading
    women to send daughters to school, interrogating spies in a lawsuit,
    and eliciting help of a renowned elder to train young warriors in the
    art of lion hunting.

    The film was one of only 24 films from 520 entries to be selected for
    the prestigious Jean Rouch International Film Festival in Paris in
    November, 2012. It has also been accepted to a number of other film
    festivals in places like Poland and Croatia.

    Panel Discussion to follow with Producer Kelly Askew (DAAS and Anthro,
    U of M.), Director Peter Biella, (Chair, Dept. of Anthropology, San
    Francisco State University),  the village chairman, Frank Ikoyo and
    Juma Muriga, the associate chairman.