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.
Cosmos Studios, Industrial Development Corporation, Aland Pictures
South African Media
The MoviesiteIan Douglas
Cape ArgusAldrin Naidu
Cape TimesSergio Ben
The StarTanya Farber
Die BurgerGabriël Botma
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge
Average .. 54%
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.