The popular South African film The Gods Must Be Crazy offers a light, comical tale of a pictureque people, the San (or "bushmen") of the Kalahari desert. This paper discusses the problematic nature of that portrayal and its implicit connection to apartheid ideology. A second South African film, Mapantsula, prepared clandestinely in the apartheid era, shows precisely the opposite dynamic - a film that poses as a popular work, but that presents a powerful critique of apartheid.
|Presenter:||Ryan Pauling (Undergraduate Student)|
|Time:||10 am (Session I)|