in about 100 words or less
South Africa, Botswana 109m, Colour
Director: Jamie Uys; Cast: Nǃxau, Sandra Prinsloo, Marius Weyers, Louw Verwey, Michael Thys
The Gods Must be Crazy is a pseudo-anthropological comedy based on the so-called “Bushmen” of the Kalahari Desert who are stereotypically portrayed as a people lost in time who become fixated with a coke bottle which they believe was a gift/curse from the gods. Despite the controversy regarding the film’s inventive documentary style and often fictional depiction of the Ju/’hoansi, the intent of the film is essentially a criticism of modern civilization – using the “noble savage” as a comedic foil. The absurdity of the plot and the slapstick nature of the comedy is a dead giveaway that nothing is to be taken too seriously in this cult film fan favourite (Klaus Ming September 2012).