Norsko, 2017, 85 min
Alhajji Ibrahim is an Islamic scholar. For 46 years, he has served as judge at the Sultanate of Ngaoundéré in Northern Cameroon. The film follows Alhajji during the last years of his life, focusing on the relationships in a polygamous family, seen from the perspective of the wives and their husband. The film (shot in years 1997-2001 and edited only now) presents a way of life that is typical of the societies and cultures of Borno and Adamaoua provinces (Nigeria and Cameroon) where people living far away from the capital centers, struggle to adapt to modern education, strong marginalization and increasing poverty. In recent years, the region has been under constant threat of the Boko Haram insurgency.
Lisbeth Holtedahl was born in 1946 in Copenhagen, educated in Oslo and Paris (history of art / anthropology). Professor of anthropology and the founding mother of the Visual Cultural Studies Master's programme at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. Since 1970 visual ethnographic research in Eastern Niger, Northern Norway and Northern Cameroon.
Director, production, camera: Lisbeth Holtedahl
Edit: Konrad Pilot
Language of dialogues: Fulfude language
Language of subtitles: English, Czech