The Gods Must Be Crazy
1980 / South Africa / 109 min. / Colour
Director: Jamie Uys
N!xau, Sandra Prinsloo, Marius Weyers, Nic De Jager, Michael Thys, Louw Verwey, Ken Gampu, Simon Sabela
This warm, whimsical comedy is South Africa’s most successful film. Set in Botswana, it follows the story of Xi, whose tribe has no knowledge of the world beyond. When a Coca-Cola bottle falls to Earth unbroken, it is treated as a gift from the gods but, with only one to share, it causes conflict and Xi is sent to the edge of the world to throw it away. Our first South African film is a genuine treat. As the reliable critic, Roger Ebert, wrote: “It might be easy to make a farce about screwball happenings in the desert, but it’s a lot harder to create a funny interaction between nature and human nature. This movie’s a nice little treasure”.