Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2013
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adults
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
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Once a Nomad

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In Namibia can Dalton and Lameck build a 'Life App' to help the illiterate and isolated Himba people market their goods?

Once a Nomad

Otjomitjira village lies amidst a breathtaking landscape in northwestern Namibia. The Himba population here is less than seventy people; another of Namibia's tribes, the Herero, also live here alongside oases of fresh water, making a living off the land with their own cattle. You can't get more isolated than the Himba people. They wear few clothes, some jewelry...and carry cell-phones! They're dubious that LIFE APPS can help them: elephant warning systems, tracking cattle -- there are plenty of potential applications.

Poor signal strength is one problem; another is that many phones are only 2G. And although the women can't read, they use icons to recognise numbers. Software developers Dalton and Lameck, from Namibia's capital Windhoek, are determined to persuade the Himba that they can help them with a mobile phone app that will help them market their goods and communicate more effectively.

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Main credits

Akwaake, Abius (Director)
Isaac, Denver (Narrator)
Bradshaw, Steve (Film editor)

Other credits

Music, Just A Band, Audio Network; director of photography: Carroll Mhlanga.


Distributor credits

Optimedia

Optimedia
Abius Akwaake
Narrator: Denver Isaac
Editors: Sotira Kyriacou, Bienvenue Kasongo, Matti Ekandjo
Camera: Carroll Mhlanga
Music: Just A Band, Audio Network
Executive Producers: Jenny Richards, Nick Rance
Production Managers: Davina Rodrigues, Sheila Menon
Series Editor: Steve Bradshaw
Produced by tv/e with the financial assistance of the European Union

Docuseek2 subjects

Sustainability
Technology
Namibia
Indigenous Peoples

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Agriculture
Anthropology
Developing World
Economics
Education
Geography
Global Issues
Globalization
Sociology
Sustainability
Technology

Keywords

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