UC Berkeley Library

Peoples of the Kalahari Desert

A Joking Relationship (!Kung San series).

Examines humor as an important part of institutionalized kinship behavior among the !Kung Bushman. 199-. 13 min.
Related web sites:Description from Documentary Educational Resources catalog

Bitter Melons. (!Kung San Series).

Portrays the difficulty of survival in the central Kalahari Desert in southern Africa, in a zone where game is scarce because waterholes are dry most of the year. A native musician performs songs about animals, the land, and the social life. Includes traditional music, dances, and children's games. Director/camera, John Marshall. 1991. 30 min.
Related web sites:Description from Documentary Educational Resources catalog

Debe's Tantrum (!Kung San series).

When 5 year old Debe is not allowed to accompany his mother on a gathering expedition he resorts to a temper tantrum to get his way. 199-?. 9 min.
Related web sites:Description from Documentary Educational Resources catalog

N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman.

A compilation of footage of the !Kung people of Namibia from 1951 through 1978. Focuses on the changes in the life of these people as seen through the reflections of one woman, N!ai. A film by John Marshall and Adrienne Miesmer. Camera, John Marshall, Ross McElwee, Mark Erder ; field anthropologist, Patricia Draper ; consulting anthropologists and translators, Marjorie Shostak, et al. 1980. 60 min.
Related web sites:Description from Documentary Educational Resources catalog

N/um Tchai: The Ceremonial Dance of the !Kung Bushmen (!Kung San series).

Documents a formalized Bushman curing ceremony in the Kalahari Desert area of South West Africa by showing an all-night n/um tchai (medicine dance) in which a number of men go into trance and exercise special curing powers. Divided into two parts: the first reviews and explains typical dance scenes; the second shows the ceremony without narration. A film by John Marshall. 1969. 20 min.
Related web sites:Description from Documentary Educational Resources

Regopstaan's Dream. (Life, Part 17)

Twenty-five years ago, the Bushmen were evicted from the Kalahari by the apartheid government who claimed they were too westernized to cohabit with the wild animals in the National Park. This film which follows the story of Bushmen fighting to live on ancestral lands within the park, includes interviews with Bushmen, park employees, farmers and government officials each providing their own perspectives. c2000. 24 min.
Related web sites:Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

The Hunters (!Kung San series).

In this classic documentary, the Kalahari Bushmen of Africa wage a constant war for survival against the hot arid climate and unyielding soil. 'The Hunters' focuses on four men who undertake a hunt to obtain meat for their village. The chronicle of their 13-day. Writer/director, John Marshall. 1957. 72 min.
Related web sites:Description from Documentary Educational Resources catalog