Film screening: River Nomads

Date: Thursday 22 August
Time: 18:00-19:30
Venue: Auditorium 1, University of Bergen Law School 

This event is part of the Bergen Exchanges 2019. For a full schedule of the week’s events, see here.

Along the Niger River, the Kebbawa stand out because of their nomadic lifestyle. Little is known about these migrant fishermen who form convoys of large wooden boats which they navigate from Northern Nigeria to North-Western Niger and Eastern Mali were fish is abundant during the dry season. The navigator or pilot stands at the head of the boats to safely guide them and make sure they don’t take a blind route, run aground or hit a rock in the river.

River Nomads deals with the question of why nomadic fishermen are vanishing. The documentary follows a group of six convoys (pinnaces) travelling upstream between Nigeria and Niger/Mali.

This event is a screening of Eric Hahonou’s documentary, River Nomads. The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Jessica Schultz (CMI).

You can find out more about the film and see the trailer here.