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Cosmic Africa

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This South African documentary seeks to explore Africa's ancient ties with the oldest science, astronomy. It follows the adventure of a young local astronomer as he visits three very different regions in Africa, to explore their local knowledge about the cosmos. He visits the San in the Kalahari, the Dogon in West Africa, and a site in Egypt.


75 minutes, Parental Guidance
Documentary

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Credits
Cast
Thebe Medupe
Director
Craig Foster, Damon Foster
ScreenplayPaul Alexander, Kim Fuller
MusicJim Meacock
CinematographyCraig Foster, Damon Foster
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackNot available
Made in2003
Produced byCosmos Studios, Industrial Development Corporation, Aland Pictures




Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
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Average .. 54%11

Visitor Comments
Ian Douglas: On the plus side, there are numerous stunning visual scenes, as well as a look at some interesting cultures. On the down side, I felt the film failed in it's stated objective, of exploring ancient knowledge of the stars. In many cases, it was a case of science trying to come to terms with mumbo-jumbo and myth, rather than exploring scientific knowledge. I also thought it odd that he went to the Dogon, but did not explore the story about them knowing things about the Pleiades before modern science did. (Google for pleiades dogon for more on this). As such, with the concentration on culture and myth rather than knowledge, I left somewhat disappointed.


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