Region : All Regions Studio : CreateSpace Run Time : 50 minutes
Masks of the Gnoumou family of the village of Boni in theatrical performance. African families in Burkina Faso make masks for use in performances that reenact the encounters between their ancestors and the spirits of the wilderness that watch over them. In a series of performances in the Bwa village of Boni these encounters and stories from family history are acted out in detail by the masks and the audience. Professor Roy has taught African art history at the University of Iowa for thirty years, and he has been doing research in Burkina Faso for thirty-seven years. He recently published The Land of Flying Masks: Art and Culture of Burkina Faso (Munich: Prestel, 2007). HD DVDThis disc may exhibit playback issues on first generation Toshiba HD DVD players such as the HD-XA1 and the HD-A1 with firmware updates later than 2.2/1.0A/2.0T.