Anthropologist, film-maker and activist Hugh Brody has worked for over a decade with the San people of the Kalahari Desert. At this new Behind the Scenes event, Hugh will guide us through ideas of homeland and the realities of land claims using the Horniman’s wonderful collection of San objects. Hugh will preview some of his most recent filmmaking and let us in on his latest discoveries made alongside the Khomani San.
Before the event, between 6.30 and 7pm, visitors will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and examine the objects Hugh will discuss in his talk.
About Hugh Brody:
Hugh Brody likes to work in extreme environments. It is in such places that people retain a way of understanding their world that is lost to the rest of us. Hugh’s quest to absorb different ways of knowing the world took him first to the Canadian Arctic and then to the Kalahari Desert. In the Arctic Hugh mastered the Inuktitut language and went on to successfully champion indigenous rights. Since the late 1990s Hugh has worked with ‡Khomani San of the Kalahari, focusing on the issue of land claims.
Hugh’s work is remarkably broad and far reaching. As well as being a dedicated activist he is also a respected anthropologist and currently holds the Canada Research Chair at The University of the Fraser Valley. However, Hugh is perhaps best known for his writing and film making. His book The Other Side Of Eden: Hunter-Gatherers, Farmers And The Shaping Of The World was described by Nicholas Wroe in The Guardian as, “A tour de force of storytelling, as befits a writer of fiction as well as of anthropology”.
As one would expect many of Hugh’s films have focused on anthropological topics. He has, for example, produced six documentaries on Arctic peoples alone. But also – and this demonstrates an inspiring breadth of interests and intellect - Hugh has directed films about topics as diverse as Henry Moore or the patients of Sigmund Freud. The plethora of stories which Hugh has told have brought him into collaboration with an interesting mix of luminaries such as the critic John Berger, the Canadian politician Michael Ignatieff and the artist Anthony Gormley.