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The Blooms of Benjeli: Technology and Gender in West African Ironmaking

The Blooms of Benjeli: Technology and Gender in West African Ironmaking. © C Saltman

Director Carlyn Saltman
Country/Production UK
Release 1997
Length 29 mins
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Togo, Banjeli / Africa
Comments Study guide available

Order No RAI-200.180
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The filmmaker and two historians went into the village of Banjeli in 1985 to recreate for the film the traditional iron smelting techniques (which are no longer used) of the area. By focusing on the traditional technology the film offers fascinating insights on the society as a whole, and in particular the gender relations. The film also contains some early footage of the village.

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