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Foli: There is no movement without rhythm


Foli: There is no movement without rhythm

Rhythm is embedded in daily activities. Thomas Roebers and Floris Leeuwenberg captured the incredible rhythm of the Malinke people from the village Baro in Guinea, in Mother Africa. This movie documents how rhythm is part of their daily lives.

The directors have this to say about their film, Foli: “Life has a rhythm, it’s constantly moving. The word for rhythm (used by the Malinke tribes) is foli. It is a word that encompasses so much more than drumming, dancing or sound. It’s found in every part of daily life. In this film you not only hear and feel rhythm but you see it. It’s an extraordinary blend of image and sound that feeds the senses and reminds us all how essential it is.”

Released: 2010
Duration: 11 minutes
Produced and Directed by Thomas Roebers and Floris Leeuwenberg
Sound Recording and Sound Design by Bjorn Warning
Translator and Rhythm Specialist by Thomas Bonenkamp
With special thanks to the chief Djembefola Mansa Camio

Raul da Gama is a poet and essayist. He has published three collections of poetry, He studied at Trinity College of Music, London specialising in theory and piano, and he has a Masters in The Classics. He is an accomplished critic whose profound analysis is reinforced by his deep technical and historical understanding of music and literature.


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