From the New York Times: “Articulate and sympathetic experts, a calmly authoritative narrator (Alfre Woodard), powerfully conversational subtitles and breathtaking scenery enliven the film’s message, which, unfortunately, seems to be that the end of this way of life is just a matter of time. (And not very much time.) If that assessment is on target, the most encouraging thing that can be said to the Hadza right now is that at least they’ll have a movie to show their grandchildren what it was like.”
New York Times review of The Hadza: Last of the First
From: New York Times
By: Anita Gates
Award-winning filmmaker Bill Benenson announced today that his latest documentary film, The Hadza: Last Of The First, will have its World Premiere at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. on March 24th at 7pm. The film is presented in association with The Nature Conservancy, which is working to conserve the homelands of Africa’s Hadz.
The Hadza: Last Of The First, now in post-production and narrated by Emmy Award-winning actress Alfre Woodard.
Documentary THE HADZA: LAST OF THE FIRST to Premiere at Environmental Film Festival
By: Movie News Desk
This unique indigenous group is at great risk of losing the elements that have allowed them to thrive for so long.
Mkalama’s voice trails off with lingering harmony from other members of the Hadza clan, and we are left with chills from the power of the sound. The acacia fire we are gathered around still warms us and the dust from shuffling feet is only now beginning to settle. I’m sitting here on the fringe of a granite dome looking down into the Yaeda Valley of Tanzania, and I’m surrounded by an interesting mix of American donors to The Nature Conservancy and members of the Hadza tribe, some of the last hunter-gatherers left on Earth.
Director/Producer Bill Benenson interviewed by Warren Olney on “To The Point”
Yet this small community of some 300 indigenous inhabitants found along most of the perimeter of Lake Eyasi in the Great Rift Valley in present-day Tanzania, where we as a species evolved, has managed to sustain a way of life that has prevailed for thousands of years.
The Hadza: A Present-Tense Existence
By: Libby Motika