Cry of the Owl

Cry of the Owl

  • Israel
  • 72
  • STC
  • Erez Laufer

The powerful women of the Himba tribe in north-western Namibia - often covered in red ochre paste and jewels - are the subject of this penetrating film about a culture on the precipice of change. Israeli filmmaker Erez Laufer spent four seasons documenting one of Africas few remaining tribes in this intimate, cinema verité portrait. His unfettered access allows us to share in their lives as they speak freely about sex, men and the daily struggles of maintaining their traditional lifestyles as the cattle are dying, the men are leaving and Big Mama is unwell. The films hypnotic pace, beautiful score and lush scenery captures a people virtually untouched by modern civilization - including the scourge of AIDS that ravages the rest of the continent and looms ominously outside the village gates, threatening to destroy their world. Chris McDonald

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