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A Kalahari Family, Part One: A Far Country


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From A Kalahari Family
by John Marshall
color, 90 min, 1951-2001

This DVD is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired




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In 1951, the Marshall family set out to document the life of the Bushmen of the Kalahari. After a week of hard travel in desert-adapted vehicles, they met Toma Tsamkxao and his Ju/'hoan band in Nyae Nyae. In their own words, Toma's extended family describes how they survive by gathering bush foods and hunting game. Thus begins a relationship between the Ju/'hoansi and the Marshalls that will last over half a century.


About A Kalahari Family

A Kalahari Family is a five-part, six-hour series documenting 50 years in the lives of the Ju/'hoansi of southern Africa, from 1951 to 2000. These once independent hunter-gatherers experience dispossession, confinement to a homeland, and the chaos of war. Then as hope for Namibian independence and the end of apartheid grows, Ju/'hoansi fight to establish farming communities and reclaim their traditional lands. The series challenges stereotypes of "Primitive Bushmen" with images of the development projects Ju/'hoansi are carrying out themselves.

Visit the Kalahari Family website for more detailed information.


other films from A Kalahari Family
Part Two: End of the Road
Part Three: Real Water
Part Four: Standing Tall
Part Five: Death By Myth



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