The Gods Must Be Crazy

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The movie " The Gods Must Be Crazy " describes a tribe from the people of the Calahari, a place in Africa, coming in contact with a coke bottle dropped from a plane. A tribesman is struck on the head and thinks it is a gift from the gods. Shortly the tribe discovers wonderful uses of the bottle, but they also find later on that there is anger and violence whenever one is using it while someone else needs it and wants to use it. So one bushman decides to walk to the end of the earth and return the bottle to the Gods.

Later on we see men of a terrorist called Semboca in an attempt to assassinate the president. Semboca and his men are followed throughout the movie by the counter terrorist forces until he and his men catch Mrs. Thompson, a lady who came to teach English, and the children she was teaching.

From here on all the plots of the movie start to become more unified towards helping Mrs. Thompson and the children from the Semboca and the terrorists.

Two main themes were seen in this film. The first is that different cultures find happiness and approach human problems differently. Like in the movie, we can see how the tribe was happy and satisfied with living in nature, and when the problem of the bottle came, the tribe stopped the use of the bottle although it was useful to them; peace was more important than the advance in technology. The second theme is that modern life is full of laws and rules to be followed by people. Otherwise it would result in suffering. Moreover, solutions are never complete. Meaning that there is no solution to a problem that would eliminate this problem completely.

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