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Clip #: TFA-304A
Year: 1948
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1940s
Region: Africa
Subject: Native Life
Original: 16mm
At the twilight of his life, an old Tuareg leaves to wait for death in the desert of the Hoggar, surrounded by his most faithful friends. In the silence of the desert and the recollection of his companions, he recalls the great moments of his life. He imagines the ceremonies and rites at his birth. He remembers his childhood, punctuated by the departure and return of the caravans, his apprenticeship as a camel driver, and the day when his father surrounded his face and the head of the litham, he became a man, a Tuareg. He remembers his marriage, his preparations until the wedding night, and the year he lived alone with his wife. He revisited the long journeys during which the caravans, loaded with the salt of the Armador mines, joined Zinder in Sudan. The Tuareg exchanged their cargoes for grain for the winter, then went back to In Salah, where they exchanged surpluses for dates. When he returned to the village, in the evening, he listened to the storyteller, who recounted the stories of his valiant ancestors. But in the desert, the hour of his last journey is near. In a last gesture, old Tuareg raises his finger in the sky to Allah that he will join. Buried in the sand, it will be a part of the desert that it has trampled for so long.

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