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!Nqate is a hunter. His home is the Kalahari. His people depend on him for their survival. This is his story, in his own words.

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1 x 60'

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Aardvark | Earthrise | Liquid Pictures | Off the Fence






WWF Golden Panda Award for the best entry overall & Delegates' Choice Award & Production Crafts Award for Best Script - Wildscreen'00, Bristol, UK, Award for best Edit - International Wildlife Film Festival'01 - Albert, France, Best of Festival, Best of Category Human Dimensions, Best Narration, Best Use of Music, Best Script, 2nd Place Best Original Score, 3rd Place Best Photography, Finalist, Merit Award for Education Value, Merit Award for Presentation of Wildlife/Cultural Interrelationships, Merit Award for Storytelling, Merit Award for Editing, Merit Award for Sound Mix - International Wildlife Film Festival'01 - Missoula, USA, Gold Special Jury Award. Nature & Wildlife - Houston World Festival'01 - Houston, USA, Best of Festival - Mountain Film Festival'01 - Telluride, USA, Nomination for best Social & Political Documentary - Banff Festival'01 - Banff, Canada The Rick Lombard Wildlife Award for the best film in Wildlife Category. Craft Awards for Photography, Narration, Directing, Editing and Music - NTVA Avanti Awards'01 - Johannesburg, SA, Jameson Audience Awards for Best Film and for Best South African Film - Encounters SA International Documentary Film Festival'01 - Cape Town and Johannesburg, SA, Best Photography - 10th Valle D'Aosta International Nature Film Festival'01 - Valle D'Aosta, Italy, Best Film in the People & Animals Category, Best Editing, Best Achievement in Sound - Jackson Hole'01 - Jackson Hole, USA, Audience Choice Award - Planet in Focus - Ontario, Canada Adjudicators’ Special Award for technical excellence - Apollo Film Festival’01 - Victoria West, SA, Best of Festival - International Film Festival’01, Port Elizabeth, SA, Montana CINE 2005, USA

Episode Information

!Nqate is a hunter. His home is the Kalahari. His people depend on him for their survival. This is his story, in his own words. The !Xo San of the central Kalahari have been a part of this vast desert landscape since ancient times. The subtlest desert signals are imperceptible to the untrained eye, but they are enough to lead !Nqate to his prey. The skill of the San hunter is to possess a sixth sense, a complex bond between man and animal. The ultimate expression of this relationship is the ‘chasing hunt’. An incredible feat of skill, tenacity, and endurance is rarely practiced and has never before been filmed. Innovative mini-cam techniques, specially developed for the film, give the viewer unique points-of-view of both the hunter and the hunted in an effort to understand their ancient relationship.

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