Bushman's Secret

Director:
Rehad Desai
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English (subtitled), 65 min, 2006, South Africa

When South African filmmaker Rehad 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 could 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.

 
Producer:
Uhuru Productions
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Nicolaas Hofmeyr, Richard Wicksteed
Editing:
Catherine Meyburgh, Menno Boerema, Yoav Dagan
Sound:
Robin Harris, Wilbert Schubel
Music:
Philip Miller
 
Awards and Screenings:

Silver Dhow at the Zanzibar International Film Festival, 2007
Jury Prize, Best Documentary, Amazonas Film Festival, Brazil, 2007
Special Jury Mention for Editing at the Apollo Film Festival, South Africa, 2006

Screenings:
14th International Environmental Film Festival in Catalonia, Spain, 2007
10th Brooklyn International Film Festival, 2007
Green Wave 21st Century European Environment Festival, Bulgaria, 2007
Documenta Madrid, Spain, 2007
Athens Film Festival, 2007
Fribourg Film Festival, Switzerland, 2007
Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), Los Angeles, 2007
World Social Forum, Kenya, 2007
Tri Continental Film Festival, India, 2007
International Film Festival of Zambia, 2006
Etnia ry, Finland, 2006
Encounters, 8th South African Documentary Film Festival, 2006
Durban International Film Festival, 2006