The Gods Must Be Crazy

Synopsis: A Sho in the Kalahari desert encounters technology for the first time--in the shape of a Coke bottle. He takes it back to his people, and they use it for many tasks. The people start to fight over it, so he decides to return it to the God--where he thinks it came from. Meanwhile, we are introduced to a school teacher assigned to a small village, a despotic revolutionary, and a clumsy biologist.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Jamie Uys
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporat
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

It looks like a paradise, but it is the

most treacherous desert in the world:

The Kalahari.

After the short rainy season...

...there are many water holes,

and even rivers.

But after a few weeks, the water sinks

away into the deep Kalahari sand.

The water holes dry,

and the rivers stop flowing.

The grass fades to a beautiful

blond colour...

...that offers excellent grazing.

But for the next nine months,

there`ll be no water to drink.

So most of the animals move away,

leaving the blond grass uneaten.

Humans avoid the Kalahari like the

plague because man must have water.

So the beautiful landscapes

are devoid of people.

Except for the little people

of the Kalahari.

Pretty, dainty, small and graceful,

the Bushmen.

Where any other person

would die of thirst in a few days...

...they live quite contentedly

in this desert.

They know where to dig for roots

and bugs and tubers...

...and which berries and pods

are good to eat.

Of course they know what to do

about water.

In the early morning,

you can collect dewdrops...

...from leaves that were carefully

laid out the previous evening.

Or a plume of grass

can be a reservoir.

If you have the know-how, a clump

of twigs can tell you where to dig...

...and you come to light

with an enormous tuber.

You scrape shavings off it with a stick

that is split for a sharp edge.

You take a handful of the shavings, point

your thumb at your mouth and squeeze.

They must be the most

contented people in the world.

They have no crime, no punishment,

no violence, no laws... police, judges, rulers or bosses.

They believe that the gods put only good

and useful things on the earth for them.

In this world of theirs,

nothing is bad or evil.

Even a poisonous snake is not bad.

You just have to keep away

from the sharp end.

Actually, a snake is very good.

In fact, it`s delicious.

And the skin makes a fine pouch.

They live in the vastness of the

Kalahari in small family groups.

One family of Bushmen might meet up

with another once in a few years.

But for the most part,

they live in complete isolation...

...unaware there are other people

in the world.

In the deep Kalahari, there are Bushmen

who have not heard of civilized man.

Sometimes they hear a thundering

sound when there are no clouds.

They assume the gods have eaten too

much and their tummies are rumbling.

Sometimes they can even see

the evidence of the gods` flatulence.

Their language has

an idiosyncrasy of its own.

It seems to consist

mainly of clicking sounds.

They`re very gentle people.

They`ll never punish a child

or even speak harshly to it.

So the kids are extremely well-behaved.

Their games are cute and inventive.

When the family needs meat...

...the hunter dips his arrow

in a brew that acts as a tranquilliser.

When he shoots a buck, it feels

a sting and the arrow drops out.

The buck runs away,

but soon it gets drowsy...

...and it stops running.

After a while, it goes to sleep.

The hunter apologizes. He explains

that his family needs the meat.

The characteristic which really makes

them different from all other races... that they have

no sense of ownership at all.

Where they live,

there`s nothing you can own.

Only trees and grass and animals.

These Bushmen have never seen

a stone or a rock in their lives.

The hardest things they know

are wood and bone.

They live in a gentle world, where nothing

is as hard as rock, steel or concrete.

Only 600 miles to the south,

there`s a vast city.

And here you find civilized man.

Civilized man refused

to adapt himself to his environment.

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Jamie Uys

Jacobus Johannes Uys (30 May 1921 – 29 January 1996), better known as Jamie Uys, was a South African film director, best known for directing The Gods Must Be Crazy. more…

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