PHL263 Grand Canyon The God Must Be Crazy Cultural Film Analysis


Grand Canyon University

Question Description

Choose a film that represents interactions between at least two distinct cultures.

  1. As you watch the film, take notes on the nonverbal cues that the characters in the film exhibit. Be as descriptive as possible when describing the nonverbal codes you witness throughout the film.
  2. Explain how the nonverbal cues you witnessed in the film compare to the types of nonverbal communication codes used by the culture you have chosen to examine this semester, cite one to two scholarly sources to support your insights.
  3. Describe a faux pas that you witnessed in the film. To spot a faux pas, look for nonverbal or verbal communication that is not received well by members of the native culture.

The total assignment should be 500-750 words.

Two to three academic resources are required for this assignment

Final Answer


Cultural film analysis.
17th September 2017.

The God Must Be Crazy was a comedy film based in South Africa and Botswana. Jamie
Uys wrote and directed the film released commercially in 1980.This film shows different plots,
each crossing paths, and interchange of beliefs and culture. The journey of Xi the Bushman to
the end of the earth to rid off of a coca-cola bottle, the romance between a shy biologist Andrea
Steyn and a school teacher Thompson Kate and a band of rebellious guerillas.
Xi the bushman travels to the end of the earth to dispose of the Coca-Cola bottle that was
bringing a sense of ownership and the feeling of jealousy to his community. These two traits are
unacceptable in his culture and hence he had to get rid of the bottle since they viewed it as evil.
In his journey, he encounters western civilization and culture shock as he interacts with the
different culture. As a result, the film portrays the use of different non-verbal cues to ease
The Bushman's community considered the Coca-cola bottle as evil and they tried to
return the bottle to the gods by throwing in the sky several times and each and every time they
threw it came right back and several times it landed on the head of one of his tribesman. Nonverbal cues was used here as one of the tribesmen used gesture and facial expression by rubbing

Cultural film analysis.
his hands several times on the head and closing his eyes tightly while wrinkling his face to show
how painful it was being hit by the bottle
This film uses several non-verbal cues in a scene where Xi the Bushman finally meets the
schoolteacher Kate Thompson. She wore a black, elegant dress, her hair was blonde and well
kept and her face was cute. Her choice of appearance, clothing, and hairstyle brought and
communicated her sense of style, elegance and decency.
Unfortunately, due to the cultural differences between Bushman’s community and the
westerners, the Bus...

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