Grades 7-12, College, Adults
Directed by Abius Akwaake
Produced by Optimedia
DVD Purchase $195, Rent $65
US Release Date: 2013
Copyright Date: 2013
DVD ISBN: 1-93777-276-4
Life Apps Series|
Once a Nomad
In Namibia can Dalton and Lameck build a "Life App" to help the illiterate and isolated Himba people market their goods?
Otjomitjira village lies amidst a breathtaking landscape in northwestern Namibia. The Himba population here is less than seventy people; another of Namibia's tribes, the Herero, also live here alongside oases of fresh water, making a living off the land with their own cattle. You can't get more isolated than the Himba people. They wear few clothes, some jewelry...and carry cell-phones! They're dubious that LIFE APPS can help them: elephant warning systems, tracking cattle -- there are plenty of potential applications.
Poor signal strength is one problem; another is that many phones are only 2G. And although the women can't read, they use icons to recognise numbers. Software developers Dalton and Lameck, from Namibia's capital Windhoek, are determined to persuade the Himba that they can help them with a mobile phone app that will help them market their goods and communicate more effectively.
The other titles in the series are:
Silicon Savannah In Kenya can Muniu build a Life App to help William be as good a farmer as he can be?
Favela Farm In Brazil can Pedro build a Life App to help the secret world of urban farms and gardens in Rio's shanty towns?
Mobile Harvest In India can Sachin build a Life App to help stem the tide of farmer suicides?
World of Apps Young people are writing apps to solve problems from reproductive health care in South Africa to helping young minority adults in London who are "stopped and searched."
"A marvelous study of technology meeting 'tradition' and how the two can co-exist beneficially for the peoples of the world...A fascinating and fantastic anthropological experience. It could be used with tremendous success in the introductory anthropology classroom to illustrate for students what fieldwork is like (although the developers are not anthropologists), how technology is not restricted to the modern urban world, and how 'traditional' people are part of the modern world too. Level/Use: Suitable for high school classes and college courses in cultural anthropology, anthropology of development/globalization, anthropology of technology, and African studies, as well as for general audiences."
Jack David Eller, Anthropology Review Database
"Eye-opening, educational, and encourages viewers to think of ways to make the world a better place. Life Apps is highly recommended for public and school library DVD collections, as well as home viewing."
The Midwest Book Review
"Well-done, interesting, and highly informative...Would be useful in a variety of settings, from general audience home use to classroom supplementation in a variety of subject areas, particularly technology, social sciences, geography, and agriculture. The material presented would be most appropriate for adolescent through adult age groups."
Sharon Wenger, Lawrence Public Schools, Science Books and Films
"Captivating...Provides a unique international cross-section demonstrating ways low-cost technology can increase global equity. The series is highly recommended for school media centers as well as technology programs at the secondary and university levels."
Vincent Livoti, University of Maine, School Library Journal
"Recommended...For a number of reasons, this series is appropriate for high school to general adult audiences. One, this series definitely introduces places and cultures that may be unfamiliar to many. There is appropriate music from each culture playing in the background. Two, it breaks down the steps involved in a problem solving model, so viewers can clearly see what is being done and possibly replicate it within their lives. Three, it serves to inspire. Many of the global issues and problems mentioned are not going to be solved outright, but grass root campaigns can start the process of community and social awareness."
Linda Yau, Bronx Community College Library, Educational Media Reviews Online