In September 2019, the African Safari Foundation (ASF) launched the #8FilmProject and ‡Khomani San Living Heritage archive, in partnership with the ‡Khomani San Community Property Association (CPA) and the National Lotteries Commission (NLC).
The initiative has two main components – the production of eight YouTube films by trained ‡Khomani San youth and the creation of a digital archive of ‡Khomani San films, photographs and information.
The #8FilmProject training workshops
With the help of the ‡Khomani San CPA, trainees for the #8FilmProject were identified and invited to attend several workshops facilitated by the ASF.
The workshops taught the participants about the theory of video storytelling. The training was very practical, and the attendees learnt how to film and edit footage using equipment that was purchased using NLC funding. This equipment is now owned and is being used by the ‡Khomani San community.
The eight films cover aspects of life in the ‡Khomani San community that they identified as priorities:
Film 1 – The History of the ‡Khomani San
Film 2 – The Story of the Land Claim
Film 3 - Celebrating the Life and Times of our ‡Khomani San Elders
Film 4 - Oral History – the Importance of Telling our Stories
Film 5 - The Lore of Language
Film 6 - Craft-making Practices
Film 7 - Traditional Uses of Plants and Animals
Film 8 - ‡Khomani San Culinary Heritage
The films are told in Afrikaans with English subtitles.
A digital platform celebrating ‡Khomani San heritage
The second component of the project created a digital repository for the ‡Khomani San community’s history, ongoing story and a place to share their rich cultural heritage. The #8FilmProject forms part of the ‡Khomani San Living Heritage archive – a visual celebration of the ‡Khomani San story over the years.
The website centralises links to websites and archives that record ‡Khomani San heritage, such as the UCT Hugh Brody archives, but also includes work from photographers such as Paul Weinberg, who worked with the community for many years.
The ASF #8FilmProject
The eight films in this series were all scripted and filmed by a group of ‡Khomani San film-makers who took part in four ASF training workshops.
‡Khomani San archive
The film and photographic archive is a digital repository for the ‡Khomani San community’s history, ongoing story and a place to share its rich cultural heritage.