Documentary Screening: Arho – The Afar Salt Trade of Northeastern Ethiopia, Friday 25th February, 3 PM
DOCUMENTARY / DOCUMENTAIRE
ARHO – The Afar Salt Trade of Northeastern Ethiopia
By Till J. F. Trojer (2019)
Friday 25th February 2022, 3 PM @ CFEE
To pursue the monthly screening cycle of documentaries in CFEE, will be presented the ethnographic documentary (30′) directed by Till J. F. Trojer and titled Arho – the Afar Salt Trade of Northeastern Ethiopia, several times granted.
A discussion with Till Trojer will happen by zoom after the screening. The discussion will start at 3.30 PM – time of Addis Abeba (1.30 PM time of Paris) through this link:
ID de réunion : 818 8689 1491 / Code secret : e5BNCM / 25 févr. 2022 03:30 PM Africa/Addis_Ababa
Wherever you are, you’re welcome to follow this discussion after watching the movie thanks to this link: https://boap.uib.no/index.php/jaf/article/view/3146
“Arho – The Afar Salt Trade of North-eastern Ethiopia” follows the journey of a camel caravan to the salt plains of the Afar Depression. Traditionally the caravans moved from Afar Depression to other parts of Ethiopia and to the Red Sea coastal regions of modern-day Eritrea and Djibouti. For centuries the control, trade and distribution of salt were of primary importance in the articulation of the economic, social, and political life of the nomadic communities living along the caravan trails. Since 2010, trucks have slowly replaced camel caravans. This has led to a steady decline in the trade. The film, relying on strong visual imagery and traditional Afar music, selected by the participant of this project, documents how the decline of this trade affects the daily life of the communities in the Berahle district of North-eastern Ethiopia.
The documentary was part of PhD project at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, University of London (2016-2021). It is based on 13 months of ethnographic research (2017-2018) that combines anthropological theory with ethnographic filmmaking to explore new and creative ways of collaborative research.
Dr Till J. F. Trojer is Anthropologist and Filmmaker. He is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Wheeler Institute for Business and Development – London Business School, and the Project Manager of “The Political Economy of African Development” (ERC grant).