DER Documentary

Remembering John Marshall

by Alice Apley & David Tamés
color, 16 min, 2006

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A portrait of filmmaker and activist John Kennedy Marshall who began his career in the 1950s documenting the lives of the Ju/'hoansi people of Namibia - among the last remaining hunter-gatherers - for anthropological audiences. In the 1980s Marshall became an activist helping the Ju/'hoansi fight for land and water rights. He made important contributions to cinéma vérité filmmaking and leaves behind an extensive ethnographic film archive including over 20 films on the Ju'/hoansi. Features interviews with Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Robert Gordon, Alexandra Eliot Marshall, Cynthia Close, Sandeep Ray, Karma Foley, Jayasinhji Jhala, and Rakhi Jhala.

"Gives a beautiful sense of Marshall's life." — Faye Ginsburg, Director, Center for Media, Culture & History, New York University
"Alice Apley and David Tamés, combining anthropological and filmmaking expertise, have rescued the reputation of an important anthropological filmmaker from his own obsessive perfectionism with this brief, graceful and intensely moving tribute to the late John Marshall." — Tim Wright, filmmaker & educator
"Expertly-edited, fascinating glimpse into the psyche and politics of a trailblazing filmmaker" — Kim Romano, filmmaker

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
EthnoFilmfest, Berlin, 2007
Society for Visual Anthropology/AAA Conference, Washington DC, 2007
Plymouth Independent Film Festival, Plymouth, MA, July 18-22, 2007
Washington DC Independent Film Festival, 2007
International Ethnographic Film Festival of the Royal Anthropological Institute, UK, 2007
Tribute to John Marshall, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, April 2006
Woods Hole Film Festival, Massachusetts, 2006
Vermont International Film Festival, 2006 Northampton Independent Film Festival, 2006
The Tank, New York City, 2006
European Association of Social Anthropologists' Film, Video & New Media Festival, Slovenia, 2008

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