Social and visual anthropologist

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Everybody needs a tribe

 

Every other year, on a campground on the east coast of America, a special event takes place - the Vohra Families Reunion. From all over North America, participants gather to meet distant relatives, make new acquaintances, and celebrate their shared origins in the Gujarati Charotar region. This film 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 younger 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’ is currently produced in conversation with the Muslim Vohra Association of America. A preliminary screening will take place on January 18 at the Royal Anthropological Institute in London as part of the SOAS conference ‘The Familiar Stranger’ (only for registered participants).