Uriel Orlow: Imbizo Ka Mafavuke / Mafavuke’s Tribunal.

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar


Public screening and discussion of Uriel Orlow’s film Imbizo Ka Mafavuke / Mafavuke’s Tribunal (28′, 2017).

Mafavuke, an indigenous healer from South Africa who in 1940 stood trial for mixing European ingredients in his formulations, travels through time into our present to take on the pharmaceutical industry’s appropriation of indigenous knowledge. Imbizo Ka Mafavuke (Mafavuke’s Tribunal) is an experimental documentary set at the edge of a nature reserve in Johannesburg.
A kind of Brechtian ‘Lehrstück’, the film shows the preparations for a people’s tribunal where traditional healers, activists and lawyers come together to ask who benefits when plants become pharmaceuticals, given multiple claims to ownership, priority, locality and appropriation. And of course, ghosts of colonial explorers need to be reckoned with at the same time in order to imagine future scenarios and frameworks.

This event will take place within the scope of the activities of the X-Centric Futures research seminar (CultureLab/IFILNOVA), coordinated by Giovanbattista Tusa, and was developed in collaboration with Centro Cultural Carpintarias de São Lázaro.
Period6 Apr 2022
Event typeSeminar
LocationLisbon, PortugalShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational