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THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY
SUBJECTS — World/Africa;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Romantic Relationships;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect.
Age: 9+; MPAA Rating PG ; Comedy; 1984; 109 minutes; Color.
A Coke bottle dropped from an airplane disrupts the quiet life of a family of African Bushmen (the San people) living in the deep isolation of the Kalahari desert. Xi, the head of the family, takes the evil thing and embarks on a journey to the end of the world to return it to the gods. At the same time, a white teacher is fed up with city life and takes a job in Botswana. She meets a shy and bumbling scientist. Their hilarious adventures and misadventures are intertwined with Xi's journey. In the meantime, we learn much about Africa and are treated to beautiful photography of its landscape, its skies, and its animals.
The viewer of The Gods Must Be Crazy is allowed to see himself from the Bushman's point of view and is introduced to their culture. The movie will provide an opportunity to discuss the Bushman society and societies like it, as well as the Kalahari desert.
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Put perspective on our cultural prejudices with The Gods Must Be Crazy. Learn about the San People (the Bushmen) and the Kalahari desert.
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Show your child or class, on a globe or a map, the Kalahari, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
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