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The Gods Must Be Crazy II
SUBJECTS — World/Africa; The Environment;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Male Role Model;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect.
Age: 10+; MPAA Rating: PG; Comedy, 1990; 98 minutes; Color.
A naturalist, poachers, a Cuban backed revolutionary, a government soldier, and a New York attorney all meet in the Kalahari Desert. They disrupt the peaceful life of Xixo, a Bushman, and his children. Xixo handles the situation with aplomb, showing the humorous side of the other characters and their situations.
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The Gods Must Be Crazy II is more than just plain fun. Learn about the San People (the Bushmen), the Kalahari and the inability of the "heavy people" to live in these environments.
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Description: Ivory poachers interrupt the peaceful existence of a Bushman family living deep in the Kalahari desert. Two of the Bushman children explore the poachers' truck and are accidentally carried away. Xixo, their father, follows the tire tracks left by the truck. On his way he meets Ann Taylor, a New York attorney, and Dr. Marshall, a local naturalist, who are lost in the bush. Xixo also encounters a Cuban soldier and an African soldier each of whom is trying to capture the other. The movie relates their adventures as Xixo tracks his children and everyone else tries to get home.
Benefits: This hilarious film allows us to see ourselves from the Bushman point of view: overweight incompetents who can't read the signs of nature or take care of themselves in the desert. We are introduced to the Bushman culture, the destruction of the elephant herds for ivory, and Great Power adventurism in Africa. The film contains beautiful photography of the African landscape, its skies, and its animals. Xixo is a role model for a good father and a competent, compassionate man. Dr. Marshall, the naturalist, is also a good man.
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