© Antony Gormley's Waste Man commissioned by Artangel for Penny Woolcock's feature film Exodus
Director: Richard Werbner (UK)
Run time: 56'
Location/Ethnic group: Botswana, Moremi Village/ Gaborone, Tswapong
Language: In English and Tswapong with English subtitles
Production/Distribution: Richard Werbner, International Centre for Contemporary Cultural Reseach, University of Manchester
Set in Botswana` s Maremi village within the awesome Tswapong Hills, the film reveals conflicting views of dignity and ancestrality in a local context of religious pluralism (including séances, Christian prayer and hymns singing, a funeral, a wedding, and at a regional oracular shrine, a sacrifice). The focus is on a controversy over a popular, maverick healer, Rantii. This is disclosed while Njebe (a former patient, now the anthropologist film-maker’s assistant), and four critical elders watch an earlier séance film. Mixing local and exotic healing cults and divination with Christianity, Rantii is suspected – of witchcraft, of polluting the earth, of wasting his powers – but he defends his claim to a God-given, original mission, to seriti, shade, powerful dignity, even charisma. The film is the second in a planned trilogy.