Remembering John Marshall (2006, Alice Apley & David Tamés, 16 min.) is a short documentary that weaves together photographs, film clips, archival footage, and interviews with family, friends, and colleagues to present a brief portrait of John Kennedy Marshall (1932-2005) who spent fifty years documenting the lives of the Ju/’hoansi people of Namibia. Marshall began his filming in 1951 and in the 1980s became an activist helping the Ju/’hoansi fight for their land and water rights. Marshall produced over 20 films on the Ju’/hoansi beginning with The Hunters (1957) and culminating with A Kalahari Family (2003).
The project began as an article Alice Apley and I wrote shortly after John’s death and then it evolved into a series of video interviews. Interviewees include: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Robert Gordon, Alexandra Eliot Marshall, Cynthia Close, Sandeep Ray, Karma Foley, Jayasinhji (Bapa) Jhala, and Rakhi Jhala.
Visit the Remembering John Marshall Web Site for more about the film. The film is being distributed by Documentary Educational Resources (DER) and is currently available for purchase or exhibition rental.