Latifah and Himli’s Nomadic Uncle - ACE454.2

1992. Latifah and Himli’s Nomadic Uncle - ACE454.2.

TitleLatifah and Himli’s Nomadic Uncle - ACE454.2

Iris in on sandalled feet; the feet walking over dried mud. Stream in scrubland. Mosquito nets, moonrise. Photograph of two Indian girls. VO of Latifah saying to Himli that "the West just appropriates everything from other countries and they don’t admit it…", suggesting that it was Genghis Khan who first said "We’ll fight them on the beaches". Other photographs. Latifah and Himli. Street scenes in black and Asian area. Their VOs saying they don’t like the place, it’s suburbia, etc. Photograph. Latifah’s VO saying that things should be considered "in the context of post-colonial decline". Man playing duff (tambourine) and dholak (drum). Hands clapping. Sounds and music continue over shot of group of Asians putting up umbrellas, and walking over Hungerford railway bridge. VO describing ancestors as nomads, with a mythology relating to that way of life. Musical box version of Colonel Bogey heard over. The Nomad walkers, carrying their belongings, outside Waterloo Station; VO describes the nomad lifestyle as being about survival in a hostile landscape, with people living in tents, not liking cities or their inhabitants. Industrial landscape: VO cities, representing the state, survive economically only because of the surplus produced by agriculture, with farmer being "the first Fascists". The Nomads outside University College. VO describes "the story of post-colonial decline [as] the story of nomads infiltrating the metropolises...". Himli is not really impressed. The two walking in the street. One talks (VO) about not wanting to go to Mombasa as Africa is "too dangerous", and discuss other places, in Britain and elsewhere in the world, that they don’t want to visit. Trees. Outside Senate House. The Nomads near Westminster Bridge. Himli describing to Latifah (VO) how she was asked where she came from and had to repeat several time that she was "originally" from North Finchley. Sandalled feet walking on tiled floor. Latifah and Himli walking. Palm tree. VO reciting "I sing of a woman who became a tree… [and] was once in a punk rock band". Latifah and Himli walking. The Nomads, the drummer, clapping hands, woman on a tight-rope.

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