Centrul Astra Film



Astra Film Festival

A Kalahary Family: part 4 Standing Tall

John Marshall | USA | 2002 | 54'

In 1989, after twelve decades of colonial rule, South West Africa is about to become independent Namibia. Twenty-eight Ju/'hoan farming communities have been established, but the people's legal claim to their traditional lands in Nyae Nyae remains in question. STANDING TALL documents the efforts of members of the Ju/'hoan farmers' co-op to find their relatives in white ranching districts and black ethnic homelands and help them return to Nyae Nyae and farm. The film depicts the desperate lives of the dispossessed Bushmen-poor, hungry, exploited - among whom the co-op members meet /Qui Chapman. /Qui, a highly skilled Ju/'hoan farmer, works for a white rancher and earns 120 Rand ($80 US) a month. Forced to buy his family needs from the rancher's store, essencially /Qui works for cornmeal. Political activity heats up as independence approaches. South West African People's Organization, or SWAPO, the Ju/`hoansi believe are most likely to support Ju/`hoan farming and they celebrate SWAPo's victory in the 1991 UN-sponsored national election. UN troops help relocate /Qui Chapman's family to a barehole in Nyae Nyae. With little more than a pump and few tools /Qui dances for joy as his family looks forward finally to farming their own land.