Saturday, 18 December 2010
Werner Herzog's short film Wodaabe about the Wodaabe tribesmen and women in Africa is hypnotic and jarring.The bizzarely intriguing facial expressions,striking attire, painted faces and incongruous music makes me want to watch it repeatedly. I feel like there are layers upon layers to unravel, not just about the people but the gaze on them. Herzog's gaze, that of the fascinated white man studying African people through the lens and all the issues of power and ownership of stories surrounding it.They are part of the fulani tribe who are physically stunning people. I love that they consider themselves herdsmen of the sun, it's aptly poetic.