Cry of the Owl: The Himba in Namibia

71 Minutes, 2005
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Directed by: Erez Laufer
Production:Dori Caspi, Erez Laufer
Photographer: Erez Laufer
Original Music: Dani Richental
Language: Herero
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Dori Caspi and Erez Laufer’s film paints a rare, intimate portrait of a family who are part Namibia’s Himba tribe. Members of the remote, isolated tribe lead a primitive lifestyle and continue to practise their ancient customs, even in the face of a deadly disease that has been wiping out their cattle, and as modernity and progress, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic gradually close in on their village. At the heart of the film are the tribeswomen who are tasked with raising the children whilst speaking candidly about their lives, wishes, desires, and fears. The film was shown at various festival in Israel and around the world and took home the Jury Prize at the Jules Verne Festival in Paris.

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