Looking for a documentary on African military ritual strangeness...
December 8, 2013 9:16 AM Subscribe
Heard about this documentary from an anthropology student, but she didn't know the name of it... Back in the colonial days (20th C) of African holdings, some European military would depart their bases yearly and allow the African soldiers to take over. The African soldiers would dress as the Europeans and re-enact their modes of life and work, but in some kind of ritualized parody.
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Things mentioned were the soldiers drinking continuously, smoking cigars non-stop, taking on the physical mannerism of the Europeans, but pushing it to extremes. The student didn't tell me which European holding it was. I think she said it was from a while back (black and white?).
The European commanders felt it was good to let the troops do this to keep tension low and morale high. It sounds like some kind of carnival/masquerade action where all roles are turned upside down temporarily. The low become the high and vice versa.
Any ideas? I'd love to get a copy and show it publicly.