The Cinema of Patience: Reflecting on N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman


Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Ilisa Barbash, Curator of Visual Anthropology, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology


Sue Marshall Cabezas, Former Executive Director, Documentary Educational Resources


Ross McElwee, Professor of the Practice of Filmmaking, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University


Moderated by Alice Apley, Executive Director, Documentary Educational Resources


Thirty years after its release, N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman remains an exemplar of ethnographic filmmaking. Directed and edited by John Marshall and Adrienne Miesmer, the film documents the life of N!ai, a Ju/hoan woman and the harsh realities of apartheid in 1980s Namibia, and it presents an intimate portrait of life in one of the last hunting and gathering communities. In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Documentary Educational Resources, this program will explore the film’s importance to the preservation of intangible culture, and Marshall’s influence on the development of educational, personal, and activist documentaries.


Film Screening (51 minutes) & Panel Discussion. Free and open to the public. 

Free parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented in collaboration with Documentary Educational Resources