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This edition: The Makishi Masquerade

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Episode Details

Every April in Zambia, the Makishi “demons” come to “take away” young boys. This event celebrates the beginning of the initiation from adolescence to manhood. In the village of Kashushu, this Mukanda ceremony is 500 years old and has been passed down for generations. Patrick, the main organizer this year, has to raise money for costumes, food and the four months of initiation. But the celebration is so expensive that he struggles to make ends meet. He fears for the future of the Mukanda and without the help of an organization like Unesco, it will certainly disappear. Dir.: Jerome Ségur. (52 min.)