N!ai: The Story of a !Kung Woman (1980; 59 mins) by John Marshall
Shot over 27 years, this film is an intimate portrait of Nǃai, a Julʼhoan woman who in 1978 was in her mid-30s. The film chronicles her life and that of her wider community in the Nyae-Nyae region of the Kalahari Desert of Namibia.
Inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, distributed by Documentary Educational Resources and archived in the NAFC.
This is the seventh screening in the fall session of the bi-annual Recovering Voices Ethnographic Film Series
Founded in 1975, the National Anthropological Film Collection (NAFC) forms part of the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives (NAA), and is devoted to preserving, documenting, and providing access to anthropological moving image materials. The NAFC collections are a unique repository for anthropological films and video that document cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as the history of ethnographic filmmaking and related amateur expeditionary and travel filmmaking in the 20th century. Drawing on NAFC’s extensive archival film collection we will be screening the following historic ethnographic films, and will have time for discussion following each film.