!Kung Short Films Series

Documentary Educational Resources
Show More

17 videos in this playlist

The Lion Game
Gunda, a young man (who later marries N!ai), pretends to be a lion. He is "hunted" and "killed" by a group of boys. Filmmaker: John Marshall
Men Bathing
In Nyae Nyae, water often remains in open pans. Sometimes if the rains have been heavy, water stays in these pans, like small lakes, all year. In this film five…
N!owa T'ama: The Melon Tossing Game
Women from three separate Ju/'hoan bands have gathered at a mangetti grove at !O to play an intense game in which under-tones of social and personal tensions become apparent. The…
An Argument About A Marriage
In 1958, with assistance from the Marshalls, a group of Ju/'hoansi returned home to Nyae Nyae after several years as unpaid, captive laborers on a farm. One woman, whose husband…
A Joking Relationship
This film depicts a moment of flirtation between N!ai, the young wife of /Gunda, and her great-uncle /Ti!kay. The two share a "joking relationship," a Ju/'hoan kin relationship which provides…
A Group of Women
Ju/'hoan women often share an intimate sociability and spend many hours together discussing their lives, enjoying each other's company and children. In this short film, Ju/'hoan women rest, talk and…
A Curing Ceremony
Sha//ge, a very young woman about to have her first child, falls ill, probably with malaria. /Ti!kay, a relative and healer, enters a mild trance, without the stimulus of dancing,…
The Wasp Nest
In this film, a group of women and children gather sweet, fresh /ole berries and sha roots. The younger women, led by N!ai, bait a nest of wasps. As the…
The Meat Fight
In this film, an argument arises between two bands when an antelope killed by a hunter from one band is found and distributed by a man from another band. The…
Playing with Scorpions
Children tempt fate, playing with scorpions. Filmmaker: John Marshall
Baobab Play
Children and teenagers throw sticks, berries, and leaves at each other from perches in a large baobab tree. Filmmaker: John Marshall
Debe's Tantrum
In this film a five-year-old named Debe refuses to let his mother Di!ai go gathering without him. Di!ai appeals to her daughter N!ai to entertain the child but Debe resists.…
A Rite of Passage
This film, shot in 1952-53, documents the scarification ceremony called "marking" which was traditionally held for Ju/'hoan boys after they had killed their first large animal. Here, /Ti!kay, a boy…
Restortation Examples
Restored footage from the !Kung series
About the series
A short documentary that captures behind the scenes footage of the making of the !Kung series
N/um Tchai: The Ceremonial Dance of the !Kung Bushmen
Tchai is the word used by Ju/'hoansi to describe getting together to dance and sing; n/um can be translated as medicine, or supernatural potency. In the 1950's, when this film…
The Melon Tossing Game
Women from three separate Ju/'hoan bands have gathered at a mangetti grove at !O to play an intense game in which under-tones of social and personal tensions become apparent. The…

Related videos

Traditional Life
Part of the Series: !Kung Series Collection
This video depicts traditional Ju/'hoan life by using vignettes from longer films in the !Kung San series. Footage selected shows tool-making technology, hunting and gathering, social life and children at play, and gives the viewer a feel for the vastness and beauty of the Nyae Nyae region of the Kalahari…
N!ai, The Story of a !Kung Woman
This film provides a broad overview of Ju/'hoan life, both past and present, and an intimate portrait of N!ai, a Ju/'hoan woman who in 1978 was in her mid-thirties. N!ai tells her own story, and in so doing, the story of Ju/'hoan life over a thirty year period. "Before the…
Yanomamo Shorts
This playlist collects ts eight previously unreleased short films from the series. They only exist as what Asch called "slopticals," duplicated workprints with optical tracks that he assembled in order to receive feedback from fellow filmmakers. Although they lack narration or translated subtitles, they show many interesting aspects of social…
The Inspiration Series: The Dynamics of Couples
Explore the tension and comedy of one-on-one relationships of all types in this collection of outstanding short films, music videos, advertising, brand videos and games, cinematically-curated from the archives of Stash Magazine.
Stash 95
Stash Media is a collaboration of computer animators and graphic designers who design and build animated movies for the purposes of TV advertisements, music videos and other projects. The collection is the largest and most eclectic mix of short animated films available. Stash 95 overflows with more than two hours…
Cosmic Imagery by Adam K. Beckett
A series of films from filmmaker Adam K. Beckett
Stash 94
Stash Media is a collaboration of computer animators and graphic designers who design and build animated movies for the purposes of TV advertisements, music videos and other projects. The collection is the largest and most eclectic mix of short animated films available. Stash 94 delivers a sweeping collection of animation…
Nutrition Starts Here: Smart Eating on a Budget
Develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime and join Chef Marshall O'Brien as he shares nutritious food choices and healthy eating strategies in Nutrition Starts Here: Smart Eating on a Budget. Chef Marshall demonstrates and explains how cooking and eating healthy food can be both fun and delicious…
The Human Face of the Pacific
This series is composed of six documentaries covering six Pacific nations and territories, giving a wide-ranging view of contemporary Pacific society. It shows the variety of ways of life from subsistence to urbanization and the challenges from outside to what has been called 'the Pacific way'.
Stash 80
Stash Media is a collaboration of computer animators and graphic designers who design and build animated movies for the purposes of TV advertisements, music videos and other projects. The collection is the largest and most eclectic mix of short animated films available. Stash 80 delivers 35 important new motion projects.
Stash 75
Stash Media is a collaboration of computer animators and graphic designers who design and build animated movies for the purposes of TV advertisements, music videos and other projects. The collection is the largest and most eclectic mix of short animated films available. Stash 75 features 32 outstanding projects.
Teached - The Race-Based Education Gap in America
Our short films examine the causes and consequences of America's race-based educational opportunity gap. Demeaned, expelled, suspended....TEACHED. What must be done to ensure every child achieves his or her potential?