Turkana Trilogy

Since 2006, I have been taking along my video film camera on my fieldwork trips to the Toposa in the eastern South Sudan and the Turkana in north-western Kenya. The resulting filmic notes docu-ment certain aspects of the life there, each with different focuses and thus in their sum allow for an insight into the local life. My main priority was authenticity. None of the scenes were staged or reshot, everything was filmed in a trusting atmosphere and with the consent of the participants. I deliberately refrained from dramatic shots and sound backdrops, in order to avoid turning the scenes into some exotic sensation but rather show them for what they are: a part of the normal, local life. This also involves adjusting the rhythm of the films to the living pace of the people.

Turkana 2016

This film explores present-day ways of life of non-pastoralist Turkana.

Author: Harald Müller-Dempf
Length: 47 minutes

Turkana 2014

My field research 2013/2014 focussed on how the Turkana developed hybrid ways of life between traditional pastoralism and modern market economy. The film exemplifies a number of aspects.

Author: Harald Müller-Dempf
Length: 45 minutes

Turkana 2011

The material for this film was shot in 2011 shortly after the rainy season and it therefore depicts more of the positive aspects of the otherwise rather arduous lives of the pastoralists. It also features scenes from the capital Lodwar and irrigation projects.

Author: Harald Müller-Dempf
Length: 50 minutes
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