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The Hadza: Last of the First

A Film by Bill and Laurie Benenson

71 minutes

Scene Selection • Closed Captioned

Grades 6 - Adult
Item #:HAD-1126

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The Hadza, East Africa's last remaining true hunter-gatherers, have lived on their land near the Rift Valley for over 50,000 years. As globalization and technology encroach on their territory, their way of life has been slowly whittled away from them.

This documentary serves as a comprehensive look at their customs -- from dating rituals to schooling to foraging to weapons production -- as explained by several natives and noted anthropologists. Animations illustrate their creation belief and the origin of fire. 

The Hadza: Last of the First
serves as a call to action to establish a protective land corridor for the survival of this community.

  • Richard Wrangham, Evolutionary Anthropologist, Harvard University
  • Spencer Wells, Anthropologist, National Geographic Society
  • David Banks, The Nature Conservancy, Africa
  • Alyssa Crittenden, Biocultural Anthropologist, University of Nevada
  • Daudi Peterson, Director, Dorobo Fund Tanzania
  • Paul T Zeleza, Historian, Quinnipiac University
  • Cassandra Veney, Political Scientist, Quinnipiac University
  • Peter Matthiessen, Author, The Tree Where Man Was Born
  • Jane Goodall, Primatologist

Filmmaker's Statement: "I felt that perhaps by bringing the world's attention to the Hadza I could help protect their unique lives from oblivion. To help the Hadza survive, we must help secure their homeland."
-Bill Benneson

Preview link available upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information

The Hadza: Last of the First
The Hadza: Last of the First

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