ILMURRÁN - ENCHIKUNYE - MAASAI IN THE ALPS
A young Maasai girl reaches a "bergera" (shepherdess of sheep) on the high pastures of the Maritime Alps.
Two women different for their skin color, age and language live together one Alpine season, sharing the hard work, telling each other stories.
The mountains around them seems to turn into a green desert where you can meet separate lives, tied together by an ancestral time.
Far from any border, communication becomes a natural question.
Maasai and Bergé are similar peoples, marked by a parallel story. Both practice nomadic herding, and therefore often they have suffered the hostility of neighboring populations. Today Maasai and Bergè are walking, in a delicate balance, on the border between tradition and modernity. Their cultures are characterized by the central role played by community traditions, about the organization of individual and collective life. At the same time, both these cultures are characterized by a strong male dominance, which gives to the women roles of supporting actors.
In Maa language, Ilmurrán means "warrior", and it is a term that can only be conjugated to men. Enchikunye instead means "go back home". Following the evolution of shared experience in mountain pastures, this film tells the stories of two women warriors, their struggles in silent. Once again, the long way it seems to be the shortest path, to undertake the return to a common house.
A FILM BY: Sandro Bozzolo
WITH: Leah Lekanayia, Silvia Somà, Simone Basso
PRODUCED BY: Geronimo Carbono and Max Chicco (Meibi)
COLLABORATION WITH: Ecomuseum of Segale Valdieri, Montura Editing
PHOTOGRAPHY: Sandro Bozzolo
EDITING: Marco Lo Baido
MUSIC: Ciro Buttari
LENGTH: 43 '
YEAR OF DISTRIBUTION: 2015
CINEMAMBIENTE 2015 - Best documentary Section "Turin and the Alps"
32nd FESTIVAL DU FILM DE MONTAGNE D’AUTRANS
3rd CHINA WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL 2015
63rd TRENTO FILM FESTIVAL 2015
The film is accompanied by the book Ilmurrán - Maasai in the Alps (ScrittoDritto Editions, 2015).
The project led to the creation of a documentary (Ilmurràn) and a short film (Enchikunye).