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Hadza, The: Last of the First

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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Video Project
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 71 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2014
Available in French: No

The Hadza, East Africa's last remaining true hunter-gatherers, have lived on their land near the Rift Valley for over 50,000 years. As globalization and technology encroach on their territory, their way of life has been slowly whittled away from them. 

This documentary serves as a comprehensive look at their customs -- from dating rituals to schooling to foraging to weapons production -- as explained by several natives and noted anthropologists. Animations illustrate their creation belief and the origin of fire.  

The Hadza: Last of the First serves as a call to action to establish a protective land corridor for the survival of this community.

Richard Wrangham, Evolutionary Anthropologist, Harvard University
Spencer Wells, Anthropologist, National Geographic Society
David Banks, The Nature Conservancy, Africa
Alyssa Crittenden, Biocultural Anthropologist, University of Nevada
Daudi Peterson, Director, Dorobo Fund Tanzania
Paul T Zeleza, Historian, Quinnipiac University
Cassandra Veney, Political Scientist, Quinnipiac University
Peter Matthiessen, Author, The Tree Where Man Was Born
Jane Goodall, Primatologist
"Bill Benenson's lovely documentary about a people in Tanzania who live [as hunter-gatherers] today and remind us what a sustainable way of life really looks like...Articulate and sympathetic experts, a calmly authoritative narrator, powerfully conversational subtitles, and breathtaking scenery enliven the film's message." - New York Times

Scene Selection • Closed Captioned

Official Selection:
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital