Αn early classic in anthropological film follows the hunt of a giraffe by four men over a five-day period. The film was shot in 1952-53 on the third joint Smithsonian-Harvard Peabody sponsored Marshall family expedition to Africa to study Ju/’hoansi, one of the few surviving groups that lived by hunting – gathering. John Marshall was a young man when he made this, his first feature length film. He was a natural cameraman who found a subject that would dominate the rest of his life. He has since shot over 600,000 feet of film from which 24 films were edited. The value of the footage as an encyclopedia of !Kung life is unequaled by any other body of ethnographic film.
John Kennedy Marshall (1932-2005) was an American anthropologist and acclaimed documentary filmmaker, best known for his work in Namibia, recording the lives of the Ju/’hoansi (also called the !Kung Bushmen). John Marshall produced films that combined documentary and ethnographic film. His work offers an evolving, original and unique view on what was technically possible and stylistic in documentary through his more than fifty years as a filmmaker. He was a pioneer in the cinéma vérité style and he made 24 films during his life.