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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 II: End of the Road
Part III: Real Water
Part V: Death by Myth


When the government took away southern Nyae Nyae, many of our families were forced to move. We heard some were killed, but we hope we can find relatives still alive. They might be good farmers. If we can drill more boreholes, we could help some of them settle in Nyae Nyae.
-- Tsamkxao ≠Oma

Part IV: Standing Tall

60 min, color
   In 1989, after twelve decades of colonial rule, South West Africa is about to become the independent nation of Namibia. Twenty-eight Ju/'hoan farming communities have been established, but the people's legal claim to their traditional lands in Nyae Nyae remains in question. STANDING TALL documents the efforts of members of the Nyae Nyae Farmers Cooperative (NNFC) to find their relatives in the white ranching districts and black ethnic homelands and help them return to Nyae Nyae and farm. The film depicts the desperate lives of the dispossessed Bushman – poor, hungry, and exploited-among whom the NNFC members meet /Ui Chapman. /Ui, a highly skilled Ju/'hoan farmer, works for a white rancher and earns 120 Rand ($80 US) a month. Forced to buy all his family's needs from the rancher's store, essentially /Ui works for corn meal.
   Political activity heats up as independence approaches. The Ju/'hoansi celebrate the victory of the South West African Peoples Organization, or SWAPO in the 1989 UN-sponsored, national election – believing that SWAPO will support Ju/'hoan farming efforts.
   Meanwhile UN troops help relocate /Ui's family to a borehole in Nyae Nyae. With little more than a pump and a few tools /Ui dances for joy as his family looks forward to finally farming their own land.

Photo of Oma

photo of bushmen in the bush