Social and visual anthropologist


Everybody needs a tribe


Every other year, in a scouting camp on the east coast of America, a special gathering takes place - the Vohra Families Reunion. The participants gather from all over North America to meet distant relatives, make new acquaintances, and celebrate their shared origins in the Gujarati Charotar region. The film ‘Everybody needs a tribe’ shows how a community - a ‘tribe’, as participants say - is created as well as challenged during the three days of the event. The organisers are reaching the age of retirement and hope that a new generation will take over their tasks. This raises questions about aims and aspirations. What does the gathering do for different participants? Will young people be motivated to keep organising it in the future? Some are preparing themselves to become new leaders, but they also wish to transform the event in their own ways.


‘Everybody needs a tribe’ has been produced, filmed, and edited by Sanderien Verstappen in conversation with members of the Muslim Vohra Association of America.


The film is now released for academic and educational purposes. If you would like to organise a screening, please send a mail to
October 15, 2019. Screening with lecture during the Anthropology Research Seminar. Institut für Sozialanthropologie, University of Bern.
June 27, 2019. Screening with lecture for Master students in Anthropology. Institut für Ethnologie, University of Tuebingen.
January 18, 2019. Try-out screening at the Royal Anthropological Institute during the SOAS conference ‘The Familiar Stranger’. SOAS South Asia Institute, University of London.