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  Kalfam Productions 101 Morse St., Watertown, MA 02472
A Kalahari Family
A 6-hour, five-part video series by John Marshall that documents 50 years in the life & times of the Ju/'hoan Bushmen of southern Africa from 1951-2001.



Part I: A Far Country
Part III: The Real Water
Part IV: Standing Tall
Part V: Death by Myth

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The old life was too thin. We wanted foods that made us strong. We wanted clothes like other people... A new life called us to Tjum!kui.
-- ≠Oma Tsamkxao


Part II: End of the Road

60 min, color
   In 1978, after a twenty-year separation, John Marshall is reunited with ≠Oma and !U's family. Like a majority of Ju/'hoansi, they have settled at Tjum!kui, an administrative post established by the South Africans who govern the territory of South West Africa. They came in search of water, employment, and what they hoped would be an easier life. But in Tjum!kui, Ju/'hoansi survive on corn meal rations, while the few with jobs and money buy liquor. Drunkenness, violence, and the diseases of poverty are rampant and all painfully depicted in END OF THE ROAD.
   The new life also creates inequalities that the Ju/'hoansi have never experienced. When the South African Defense Force begins recruiting Ju/'hoansi and paying them large salaries to fight the liberation forces of the South West African Peoples Organization, called SWAPO, these disparities become chasms. Marshall and his colleague Claire Ritchie record the decline of Ju/'hoan society during 1980 and 1981 when Tjum!kui becomes known as "the place of death."
   Hoping to re-establish a more stable way of life, the Ju/'hoansi start working with a development foundation funded by Marshall's father. The foundation supplies Ju/'hoansi with assistance to begin farming and, in 1981, ≠Oma's extended family leaves Tjum!kui, heading back to their traditional waterhole at /Aotcha with axes, shovels, and cattle.

Photo of N!aePhoto of !KuntaPhoto of !UPhoto of Oma

photo of bushmen in the bush