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Published on Apr 12, 2012
A Moso Media Project Production Distributed by Berkeley Media.
Some Na Ceremonies (部分纳仪式预告片, 2015), created by Na directors Onci Archei and Ruheng Duoji and produced by Tami Blumenfield, is a montage of five short pieces. Tourism and media representations of Na people, also known as Moso, usually center on their matrilineal kinship system and its sese sexual visit practice. But for many Na people, religion is a central aspect of their lives and one frequently overlooked in pictorial documentations.
This film's directors decided to do their part to intervene in this omission, capturing important ceremonies on digital video tape. Ranging from a film festival opening, to a pig sacrifice ceremony, to a three-day funerary ceremony, the ceremonies presented here are both riveting in their elaborate practices and fascinating for the meaning behind these practices.
Tami Blumenfield, Producer and Furman University James B. Duke Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, presents this film as a rare opportunity to enjoy Na filmmakers' perspectives while allowing the audience to make its own interpretations.