Compétition internationale
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Siliva the Zulu

by Attilio GATTI


In 1927, Italian director and explorer Attilio Gatti travelled to Zululand along with anthropologist Lidio Cipriani in order to create a film that would weave genuine anthropological elements into a fantasy of witchcraft and betrayal. Gatti took a Western romantic theme of ‘boy meets girl, boy loses girl’ and stirred it together with ideas of the tribal as he observed it, choosing his actors from among the local Zulu tribe members. As a result, Siliva the Zulu stands virtually alone as a not necessarily authentic record of Zulu life and culture at that time, but certainly the only images we have of a people and their willing collaboration.


  • Titre français
    Siliva the Zulu
  • Ventes internationales
    Villon Films :
  • Support de projection
    Beta SP
  • Ratio

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