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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)
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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.
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Ethnology Asia

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Pakistan

Technical Sheet
Number1167
PublicLarge audience ; Specialised audience
Original Supportvideo Beta SP
VersionFrench
DistributionSale (institutionnal use)
Delivery supportBeta SP
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