To Live with Herds & Kenya Boran
To Live with Herds
The major film of the Jie project of 1968, To Live with Herds attempts to show the effects of nation-building upon a semi-nomadic, pastoral people in pre-Amin Uganda. The film looks at life in a traditional Jie homestead during a harsh dry season. The talk and work of adults and the games of children go on, but there is also hardship and worry, exacerbated by government policies that seem to attack rather than support the values and economic base of Jie society. More than a well-documented ethnographic film, To Live with Herds is also a stimulating investigation of the dynamics of social change in traditional societies in the newly independent nations of the Third World.