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Don't touch Malang!

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  01:37:00  2002  Color  Sound

In Pakistan, in the workshop of the Court of Buffaloes in Rawalpindi, odd but spectacular trucks are recycled and invented. Their painted and carved bodywork portrays a wealth of artistic imagery, combining religion, politics, pictorial traditions, and popular poetry.
The courtyard contains a score of specialized workshops (a mechanic, an electrician, a radiator expert, a painter, a sculptor, etc.). They do not merely decorate the trucks, but build them from scratch using parts recovered from old Bedford trucks dating from the colonial period.
The courtyard is a site for the exchange and transmission of knowledge from masters (ustad) to apprentices (chagird) and a meeting-place for the people of the district - schoolboys, traveling merchants, shepherds with their herds, and so on.
Offerings and sacrifices are made to avert the hazards of the road; a painted eye, magical signs, and sometimes the figure of Malang, a mystical sufi who haunts sanctuaries, all preserve the truck's passengers from harm.

Associate producer : 5 Continents
Participation : CNCFACCID
Author : ARLAUD Jean
Director : ARLAUD Jean (Anthropologie visuelle et sonore du monde contemporain, Univ, Paris 7 Diderot, Paris) MERCIER Annie (Anthropologie visuelle et sonore du monde contemporain, Univ, Paris 7 Diderot, Paris)
Audiovisual processPrises de vues réelles. Utilisation d'un texte d'introduction explicatif et d'intertitres.
Interventions en son direct sous-titrées en français. Musique et chansons (Attaullah Khan et Noor Jehan).
NotesFACCID : Fonds audiovisuel de coopération culturelle et technique de développement du Ministère des affaires étrangères et du Ministère de la culture et de la communication, département des affaires internationales.


Ethnology Asia





Technical Sheet
Item No.1167
PublicLarge audience ; Specialised audience
Original Supportvideo Beta SP
DistributionSale (institutionnal use)
Delivery supportBeta SP