[NetBehaviour] [spectre] Open call for one second movies and long single takes

{ brad brace } bbrace at eskimo.com
Fri Jan 10 18:25:26 CET 2020

http://bradbracebook.store/000pdfs/tucana.avi >> single 
takes: following the mazed beads to the jewelry-maker in 
Lamu (Kenya)


http://bradbracebook.store/000pdfs/LAMU2005.mp4 >> another 
Lamu film 2005

LAMU 2005: (2:18:44) No one ever said, "Hakuna Matata." I prefer this 
small, nimble 176x144 mp4-film format: from a tiny, rare now, palm-sized 
SD camera. Other earlier PDF publications and field recordings are a part 
of this Global Islands Project: <http://bradbrace.net/id.html 
http://bbrace.net/id.html> Lamu off eastern Kenya, was easily the most 
hostile photo environment: in your viewfinder, the little speck of man in 
his boat half a kilometer upstream would suddenly stand-up and begin 
loudly berating you for not asking permission (or not paying)... and so it 
went... the audio recordings were more successful/surreptitious... great 
deliberate influx of mainland Christian musical entreaties in the main 
town square versus the many established mosques that in all facing Mecca, 
largely determined the  irregular maze/layout of the town, as did the 
sequestered Islamic courtyards and rooftops --  (I was allowed to visit 
two mosques only after privileged requests from the imans with great 
difficulty: occasionally I paid very willing local children to take photos 
inside and conduct tours) -- most of the added music is from purchased 
casual-quality cassette bootlegs/mixes from the dusty local music outlet; 
I added a drumtrack and superfluous sounds; the music was mostly from 
Mombasa and probably more closely reflects that environment replete with 
middle-aged European women (sex tourists): you'll spot a couple in the 
film; but the pace and Kiswahili lingua is correct: there was always 
something going on, especially in the town square -- the depicted 
stick-dance is of course a rather depreciated enactment of a traditional 
Islamic ritual -- the dhows, dugouts and motley assortment of other boats 
occasionally stayed afloat, only with vigourous bailing: every craft had 
at least one full-time bailer as the handmade vessels with seams stuffed 
with resinous-rags, routinely took on water and many were submerged in the 
harbor during choppy seas: but there was a definitive grace about a dhow 
underway: no keel, so you see passengers hiked way out on long leeward 
planks -- petrol was prohibitively expensive and there was only one 
(police) vehicle on the island: the abused donkeys were the main means of 
transport for men and very heavy loads of hand-hewn limestone bricks from 
across the channel -- there was some undetermined major Islamic 
gathering/meeting (depicted in the film) and fierce protests/parades 
against the infamous Danish cartoonist while I was there: only a very few 
white tourists (mzungu): once when out in the bush,  I was spotted by a 
terrified/crying little black girl who would not be consoled by her mother 
:)  [many stories from this visit] apparently, not so long ago muffled 
screams from prisoners could be heard at night from the old British fort 
in the town square: the present-day Kenyan police have their own 
notoriety: prefaced by a shrill whistle, all activity had to stop in the 
town for the raising and lowering of the flag -- this rule did not apply 
to the outlying informal clusters of mostly crude structures loosely 
designated by the residents' origin (Shella, Manda, Kashmiri, Bombay, 
Kandahari, Mataoni) -- despite all the corruption and dysfunction, life 
largely went on in the typically exuberant African fashion.

1.6 G file so please download don't stream


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