Ghostland: The View of the Ju'Hoansi

Mar 24 to Mar 27
Friday to Monday 4:00, 6:00

Simon Stadler M.A. - 2016 - 84m - Germany - in Ju'hoan & English w/English subtitles

*2016 SXSW Audience Award Winner

Ever since de Tocqueville travelled through the US in the 19th century and described it with fresh eyes, we’ve assumed outsiders will have the boldest insights – and the Bushmen do not disappoint. These ancient nomads, living in Namibia’s vast Kalahari desert, were hunter-gatherers until killing animals became illegal in 1990. Still living in huts with thatch roofs, they now survive by entertaining Western tourists and selling them trinkets. When a German anthropologist shows up and offers to accompany a small group to Europe, the tables are turned in fascinating ways. They are immediately struck by the impersonal nature of great cities, the shock of poverty among so much affluence, the abundance of both food and water, and the fact that “the Germans are so big and loud.” For the most part, they remain non-judgmental, even sympathetic to what they see as Western people’s failings: “Sometimes the white people are crazy. They want too much and work too much, and it seems they never sleep.” Simon Stadler’s GHOSTLAND says both funny and sad things about the West. But most of all, it speaks to those characteristics of human nature that defy geography, time, and culture.

“The many interactions that follow, whether accidental or planned, offer an unusually positive window on the adaptability of human beings, and what we still have to learn from each other, despite our best efforts not to.” - Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight

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