n 1870 //Kabbo, a pipe smoking revolutionary Bushman hunter driven by his need to safeguard his fragile culture, goes on a Quest to find city people whom he has heard can preserve his stories in books. The result is an archive recorded over a thousand days and nights. More than a century later the archive is entered into UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register and //Kabbo reaches out to a writer, one of his descendants, to go on a vision quest of her own.
The Keeper of the Kumm is the story of a 19th Century Rain Maker who searches for someone to record the stories of his people. Along the way he finds Victorian researcher, Lucy Lloyd and linguist Wilhelm Bleek. But even further down the line he engages modern day writer and filmmaker Sylvia Vollenhoven.
Sylvia undertakes a Quest of her own to find //Kabbo, behind the cold, clinical academic record and in turn to find herself in the unfolding drama of modern day South Africa.
The Keeper of the Kumm is a Multimedia Initiative that comprises (each element has the same name) the following:
* The Novel written by Vollenhoven that will be launched by Tafelberg to coincide with the bicentenary of //Kabbo’s birth. Tafelberg is one of South Africa’s largest publishing houses
* The Musical Theatre Adaptation - a joint initiative between VIA, Suite Basil Productions, the Baxter Theatre and the National Arts Festival
* A Feature Length Documentary Film. The film in development is supported by the National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) and agency of the South African Government Department of Arts & Culture
*Multimedia Extensions e.g website, exhibition, educational material and a traveling show
Duration: 2 min 32 sec
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