Films

 

Film materials in the archive are from two projects - Tracks Across Sand and Gazing At The Stars. The Tracks Across Sand DVD was edited from footage filmed between 1996 and 2010. The edited film is comprised sixteen segments, each exploring a theme of the southern Kalahari land claim. One of these segments comes from footage shot in 2008, and shows the aftermath of the land claim, including problems of leadership and poverty.

Other themes are:

  • The background to the land claim
  • Links to the land itself
  • Expulsion from homes within the National Park
  • The loss and recovery of the Nǀuu language
  • Cultural mapping methodology
  • Genealogical mapping methodology
  • Stories about trees that people remember from their childhood
  • Interviews with some of those who played key roles in all the work with the San of the southern Kalahari

All the footage from which these films were edited is in the archive, with parts going on line. The full, edited DVD is available through Special Collections, UCT Libraries as are all the underlying materials. The DVD is available within the ǂKhomani San community organisations and may be ordered through Face to Face Media.

Gazing At The Stars is another set of films, completed in 2015. This was made with and for the Nǀuu language school in Rosedale, a township in Upington. These films show Nǀuu lessons at the school and include interviews with two of the Khomani San elders who teach there, as well as with children who learn Nǀuu at the school. The films explore the context within which a tiny group of elders is passing on one of the most complex and vulnerable languages on our planet. The film can be viewed here online and the full DVD is available at Special Collections, UCT Libraries and ‡Khomani San community organisations. It is also available through Face to Face Media.

The filming for Tracks Across Sand was done by Hugh Brody, Kirk Tougas and Jonathan Bloom. Hugh Brody was the director. The DVD was edited by Haida Paul. The producer was Betsy Carson. Translation from Afrikaans into English was done by a team of transcribers and translators led by Louie Etterling.  Translation from Nama and Nǀuu was initially done by Levi Namaseb. Further translation work has been performed by Bonny Sands, Betta Steyn, and Niklaas Fredericks, in conjuction with Johanna Koper, Katrina Esau (Ouma Geelmeid), Greit Seekoei, and Claudia du Plessis. Preparation of linguistic materials for this website was overseen by Kerry Jones.

All the filming, editing and production work for Gazing At The Stars was done by Stephen Schmidt with additional camera work by Admire Kanhenga. Support for this project was given by Sally Morgan from Open Channels. Among the key participants in filming the Nǀuu school were Katrina Esau, Griet Seekoei, Claudia du Plessis, and Annetta Bok.

 

Trailers from Tracks Across Sand

ǂKhomani San Trailers

Aftermath

This short clip is an extract from Tracks Across Sand: the Khomani San of the southern Kalahari : the story of a land claim, and provides a brief introduction to the contemporary state of the San after their successful land claim. It pays particular reference to the significance of then-president Thabo Mbeki's visit to the area.

 

When the language took fright

This short clip is an extract from Tracks Across Sand: the Khomani San of the southern Kalahari : the story of a land claim, and provides a brief introduction to the socio-linguistics and political aspects of the N|uu language and its usage.

 

Finding N|uu

This short clip is an extract from Tracks Across Sand: the Khomani San of the southern Kalahari : the story of a land claim, and provides a brief introduction to the rediscovery of the N|uu language and the role of the language.

 

Making maps

This short clip is an extract from Tracks Across Sand: the Khomani San of the southern Kalahari : the story of a land claim, and provides a brief introduction to the cartographic processes used in the #Khomani San Land Claim research process.

 

At the roadside

This short clip is an extract from Tracks Across Sand: the ǂKhomani San of the southern Kalahari : the story of a land claim, and provides a brief introduction to the way in which many ǂKhomani San families now sustain their income by selling crafts at roadside stalls to tourists as they near the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

 

A tree full of children

This short clip is an extract from Tracks Across Sand: the Khomani San of the southern Kalahari : the story of a land claim, and provides a brief introduction childhood and growing up in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

 

Donald Bain

This short clip is an extract from Tracks Across Sand: the ǂKhomani San of the southern Kalahari : the story of a land claim, and provides a brief introduction to the story of Donald Bain and the "Bain's Bushmen" exhibition at the Empire Exhibition.

 

Family trees

This short clip is an extract from Tracks Across Sand: the ǂKhomani San of the southern Kalahari : the story of a land claim, and provides a brief introduction to the critical genealogical research conducted to support the ǂKhomani San Land Claim application.

 

The Tree of Love

This short clip is an extract from Tracks Across Sand: the ‡Khomani San of the southern Kalahari : the story of a land claim, and provides a brief introduction to some of the San's cultural heritage within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

 

Nigel Crawhall: sociolinguist

This short clip is an extract from Tracks Across Sand: the ǂKhomani San of the southern Kalahari : the story of a land claim, and provides a brief introduction to Nigel Crawhall and his cultural mapping work with the ǂKhomani San.

 

Roger Chennells: lawyer for the land claim

This short clip is an extract from Tracks Across Sand: the Khomani San of the southern Kalahari : the story of a land claim, and provides a brief introduction to Roger Chennels and his work with the ‡Khomani San.

 

Eviction from the park: the 1970s

This short clip is an extract from Tracks Across Sand: the Khomani San of the southern Kalahari : the story of a land claim, and provides a brief historical introduction to the San community's eviction from the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (then known as the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park) and changing relationship between the park and the San of the Southern Kalahari.

 

Hugh Brody: film director and Open Channels co-ordinator of the land claims work

This short clip is an extract from Tracks Across Sand: the Khomani San of the southern Kalahari : the story of a land claim, and provides a brief introduction to Hugh Brody and his work with the ‡Khomani San.

 

Levi Namaseb: linguist

This short clip is an extract from Tracks Across Sand: the Khomani San of the southern Kalahari : the story of a land claim, and provides a brief introduction to Levi Namaseb and his work with the ǂKhomani San and the N|uu language.

 

Enchance our collection

The ǂKhomani San were scattered over the Northern Cape over a long period of dispossession. In the documentation process undertaken by SASI and the Brody team, not all the information was recorded. The ǂKhomani community is invited to submit information that is missing or needs improvement. Please submit your enhancements to the collection.

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