The Sacred Woods: A coming-of-age ritual in Ivory Coast
A story of the gruelling coming-of-age rituals young men from a remote village in Ivory Coast go through.
This award-winning documentary from Ivory Coast follows a group of young men who undergo an ancient coming-of-age ceremony in a remote West African forest.
Their spiritual tutor is struggling to preserve the tradition of the Generation Festival at a time when young local men are increasingly indifferent to these ancestral rituals.
Thanks to his efforts, ancient custom prevails and many young men in their early twenties take part in a gruelling three-week endurance test of physical and mental prowess.
Published On 26 Jan 2022