IMBALU: CIRCUMCISION PARTY

Producer / Director: Santiago Stelley
Camera: James Parvin, James Mbiri
Editor: David Feinberg
VICE.COM, 43 min (2008)

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part 2

The Bagisu people of Eastern Uganda believe one's voyage to manhood begins with Imbalu (cultural circumcision). The entire Bagisu community participates in the ritual which involves walking around the circumcision candidate's village, visiting cultural sites to appease the gods, singing and dancing to folk songs that praise the gods. Franco Wakholi, like all young boys in the region, must go through an entire circumcision extravaganza in order to become a man.