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Lisbeth Holtedahl
Norway 2018 | 85 min | engl. subtitled
Thu, 30-May-19 01:30 PM
Fri, 31-May-19 05:30 PM
Q&A with: Lisbet Holtedahl

Alha­jji Ibrahim Gonji is an Islam­ic schol­ar. For 46 years, he has served as judge at the Sul­tanate of Ngaoundéré in North­ern Cameroon. The film fol­lows Alha­jji during the last years of his life, focussing on the rela­tion­ships in a polyg­a­mous family, seen from the per­spec­tive of the wives and their hus­band. The film (shot in years 1997-2001 and edited only now) presents a way of life that is typ­i­cal of the soci­eties and cul­tures of Borno and Adamaoua provinces (Nige­ria and Cameroon) where people living far away from the cap­i­tal cen­ters, strug­gle to adapt to modern edu­ca­tion, strong mar­gin­al­iza­tion and increas­ing pover­ty. In recent years, the region has been under con­stant threat of the Boko Haram insur­gency.