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Shamans of Survival - The Spiritual Heritage of Southern Africas's San
Year: 2011
Run-Time: 1 x 45 min.

Directed by Werner Zips and Manuela Zips- Mairitisch

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Languages: German (ORIGINAL)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9

Shamans of Survival - The Spiritual Heritage of Southern Africas's San

Schamanen des Überlebens - Das spirituelle Erbe der San im Südlichen Afrika

San societies exist all over Southern Africa. Their living conditions vary considerably from country to country depending on respective state policies. After centuries of displacements, exploitation, enslavement and even genocide, their mere survival appears almost miraculous. It may be summarized under the heading «against all odds». Today, many dispersed San communities struggle to maintain a rest of self-determination - against governmental bodies claiming  to own the proper designs for their future development. The cultural creativity of their ancestors has been declared world heritage in the case of rock art left for posterity. Trance dances, healing method sand the art of hunting and gathering in some of the harshest natural environments on earth appear on myriads of ads for tourism. They are often presented as shamans from time immemorial. But their vast knowledge makes many San rather appear as true «Shamans of Survival» in the self-acclaimed modern age that refers them to the past.
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