Bushman's Secret

65 min - South Africa Rehad Desai

When the filmmaker travels to the Kalahari to investigate global interest in ancient Bushmen knowledge, he meets a fascinating Khomani San traditional healer, whose struggle to live close to nature is hampered by centuries of colonial exploitation of the San Bushmen and of their land. One plant could make all the difference. Hoodia, a cactus used by Bushmen for centuries, has caught the attention of a giant pharmaceutical company. The film features breathtaking footage of the Kalahari landscape, and exposes us to a world where modernity collides with ancient ways, at a time when each has, strangely, come to rely on the other.