WATCH FROM HOME: The Hunters

THE HUNTERS
from the !Kung series
John Marshall
color, 72 min, 1957

Available on DSL and DVD: https://store.der.org/the-hunters-p798.aspx

This early classic in anthropological film follows the hunt of a giraffe by four men over a five-day period. The film was shot in 1952-53 on the third joint Smithsonian-Harvard Peabody sponsored Marshall family expedition to Africa to study Ju/’hoansi, one of the few surviving groups that lived by hunting – gathering.

John Marshall was a young man when he made this, his first feature length film. He was a natural cameraman who found a subject that would dominate the rest of his life. He has since shot over 600,000 feet of film from which 24 films were edited. The value of the footage as an encyclopedia of !Kung life is unequaled by any other body of ethnographic film. The entire series is available through DER.


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