Beyond the Passage of Time: Sacred Fire of the Himba – Part 1: People Who Think No Evil (2009)
Even the advance of Western civilization that embraced Africa in the 20th century left intact the traditions of the Himba. Living in northwest Namibia, in the southern part of Africa, the Himba have zealously kept their lifestyle immutable, and protected from outside influence. Their traditions and ceremonies remain just as they were hundreds of years ago. The filmmakers had the rare opportunity to observe a puberty rite as well as a funeral. The film shows how the Himba cover their bodies and hair with ocher and perform rites to honor their ancestors, whom they worship like gods.