Journey to Nyae Nyae

Director: Daniel Riesenfeld
Country: South Africa and Namibia
Year: 2004
Running Time: 25 min
Language: Ju’hoansi and English

This is the story of N’Xau, the Bushman hero of the most successful African film ever made, The Gods Must be Crazy. “Discovered” by South African director Jamie Uys, N’Xau was catapulted into international fame when he was turned into a romantic Kalahari hunter. Uys insisted that this was the life that N’Xau actually led, when in fact he had been a school cook, and never in his life subsisted from hunting.

Director Daniel Riesenfeld tracked N’Xau to his home community in the Kalahari, where he was living in obscurity, and recorded what would tragically be the last weeks of his life.

About the Director

Daniel Riesenfeld

Biography: Daniel Riesenfeld was born in California and is a graduate of UCLA film school. For several years he worked as a CBS photojournalist. Riesenfeld is known for his sensitive treatment of Third World themes.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema and Apartheid (1994; 2004; 2012 – Peter Davis, Daniel Riesenfeld);
Journey to Nyae Nyae (2004).

Filmography:
Bopha! (1986);
In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema and Apartheid (1993 – Peter Davis, Daniel Riesenfeld);
Journey to Nyae Nyae (2004).