Seven nights and seven days /

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Imprint:New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 1992.
Description:1 online resource (49 min.).
Series:Ethnographic video online ; volume 1
Subject:Healing -- Senegal.
Lebou (African people) -- Medicine.
Lebou (African people) -- Rites and ceremonies.
Traditional medicine -- Senegal.
Traditional medicine.
Nonfiction films.
Documentary films.
Ethnographic films.
Nonfiction films.
Format: E-Resource Video Streaming Video
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Other authors / contributors:Dorès, Maurice, 1941-
Notes:Originally released as DVD.
Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011).
Previously released as DVD.
Electronic reproduction. Alexandria, VA : Alexander Street Press, 2012. (Ethnographic video online). Available via World Wide Web.
This edition in English.
Summary:This beautifully photographed film documents an unusual healing ceremony in Senegal. It shows how a community gathers together to treat and heal one of its members who is suffering from postpartum depression. After giving birth, the young woman refuses to care for her child. Years before her mother and grandmother had been treated for a similar illness by the same shaman, Fat Seck. The ceremony, called the Ndepp, is organized by the Lebou people of Senegal to honor their ancestral spirits and to ask them to allow a cure to take place. Performed over seven days and nights, the Ndepp is complicated with a precise set of rules. A large part of the population participates. Fat Seck, the healer, resolves this family problem. Trances and sacrifices are part of the cure. After the week, the young woman is restored to normal behavior, an effective mother and community member.
Target Audience:For College; Adult audiences.
Awards:American Anthropological Association, 1992
American Psychiatric Association, 1987
Other form:Original