CHAGS Movie Nights
PYGMEES DE LA ROUTE / ROAD PYGMIES
Marie Devuyst, Alain Lemaître | Belgium, Cameroon 2012 | 60 min | OmeU
CHAGS slot 5, Tue 5.15pm - 6:45pm, Room C1
While most of the Pygmies in Cameroon still live in the bush, a few families dwell in a village by a tarmac road. Here their daily life sways between maintaining their customs and adapting to the Bantu society. In the film we meet the "Road Pygmies", a small community at a crossroads in its history.
CHILDREN OF THE KALAHARI
Velina Ninkova | USA, Namibia | 60 min
CHAGS slot 10, Wed 5.15pm - 6:45pm, Room C1
(Filmmaker is present)
The camera follows a group of Juǀ’hoan children living on a resettlement farm in Namibia in their everyday activities – from moments with their families, to the kindergarten, and during their afternoons of fights and play. Montaged as a single day – from dawn till dusk – the film portrays the challenges and joys of contemporary Juǀ’hoan childhood.
KALANDA - THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE BUSH
Lorenzo Ferrarini | UK, Burkina Faso 2014 | 62 min | OmeU
CHAGS slot 15, Thu 5:15 - 6:45, Room C1
In some parts of West Africa, hunting is much more than killing animals. A donso is no common hunter, but a healer, a diviner, a ritual specialist and amulet maker. KALANDA - The Knowledge of the Bush is a unique initiatory journey into the knowledge of donsoya from the perspective of the filmmaker. It was filmed during a year of research in Burkina Faso, thanks to the filmmaker's initiation and practice of donsoya.
KALAHARI STRUGGLE - SOUTHERN AFRIKA'S SAN UNDER PRESSURE
Werner Zips & Manulea Zips-Mairitsch | Austria 2010 | 53 min
CHAGS slot 18, Fri 1:30pm - 3pm, Room C1
(Filmmakers are present)
The San, the inhabitants of the Kalahari, achieved world fame through the film "The Gods Must be Crazy". The then very one-sided representation of the San as simple Bushmen has absolutely nothing to do with the social reality. The San possess valuable skills and knowledge about the natural world. During the entire last millennium their story was one of subjugation, dispossession and exploitation. Even today the San are fighting huge existential and social problems and most of them live miserable lives. The film documents their legal and political fight for a minimum amount of self-determination.