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Title Bushman's secret / producers, Hartmut Keiper ... [and others] ; script, Anita Khanna ; co-director, Richard Wicksteed ; director, Rehad Desai ; an Uhuru production in co-production with ZDF ; in collaboration with ARTE .. [and others]
Published Watertown, MA : Documentary Educational Resources, [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (65 min.)
Series Ethnographic video online, volume 1
Summary "When South African filmmaker Regad Desai travels to the Kalahari to investigate global interest in ancient Bushmen knowledge, he meets Jan van der Westhuizen, a fascinating Khomani San traditional healer. Jan's struggle to live close to nature is hampered by centuries of colonial exploitation of the San Bushmen and of their land. Unable to hunt and gather, the Khomani now live in a state of poverty that threatens to see the last of this community forever. "One plant make all the difference. Hoodia, a cactus used by Bushmen for centuries, has caught the attention of a giant pharmaceutical company. It now stands to decide the fate of the Khomani San."--Container
Notes This film was made with the assistance of the Sitheng/ HIVOS Film Fund
In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles
Subject Van der Westhuizen, Jan.
Healers -- Kalahari Desert.
Medicinal plants -- Kalahari Desert.
San (African people) -- Medicine -- Kalahari Desert.
San (African people) -- Kalahari Desert -- Social life and customs.
Traditional ecological knowledge -- Kalahari Desert.
Traditional medicine -- Kalahari Desert.
Genre/Form Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Van der Westhuizen, Jan.
Desai, Rehad, director
Keiper, Hartmut, producer
Khanna, Anita, author of screenplay, producer
Wicksteed, Richard, director
Association relative à la télévision européenne.
Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)
Uhuru Productions.
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.
Other Titles On container: One cactus stands between hope and hunger