|One line synopsis||One of a series of short productions made by young black film- and video-makers, a dramatisation of a Caribbean folk tale in which trickster Anansi tries to find out a young woman’s secret name; the narration is by Jamaican-born community activist, Connie Mark (1923-2007).|
Woman sitting on her porch embroidering, tells a story about Anansi, "the trickster of the village". Dora and her daughter, whose name, Missirolinkia, was kept secret so that a man would have to guess her name in order to marry her. In order to capitalise on this idea, Anansi goes to the King and explains this to him, and the King agrees to reward him if he can find out the girl’s name. Anansi goes to Dora’s house, and finds her finishing her laundry. When Dora goes indoors, he walks all over the clean clothes; she comes out to find them all dirty and calls her daughter. Anansi hears the name, tells the King, gets his reward, and offers to bring Missirolinkia to him. However, Anansi then decides to win the daughter for himself. He goes to Dora and though he shocks her by saying her daughter’s name, she’s happy to let her go with him. The King arrives, and Anansi pretends he was bringing Missirolinkia to him much to Dora’s confusion. When she tells the King what has happened, he orders Anansi to give his reward money to the poor. The King and Missirolinkia marry and live happily ever after while Anansi goes back to scheming. Credits.
|Production company||Prime Productions|
|Running time||7 minutes|
|Film segment||Anansi Fantasia - ACE233.2|
|Web address (URL)||https://player.bfi.org.uk/free|