The Keeper of the Kumm

A city journalist reluctantly follows The Call of a Bushman Rainmaker … their story started 200 years ago. The Keeper of the Kumm is a historic and modern quest, interwoven in a story that crosses the flimsy boundaries between worlds.

In 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 stories in books.  Along the way he finds Victorian researcher, Lucy Lloyd and German linguist Wilhelm Bleek. But even further down the line he engages a reluctant modern-day writer Sylvia Vollenhoven. 

Sylvia, a cynical city journalist in search of healing, undertakes a Quest of her own. Using 21st Century experts as well as ancient African ritual she follows The Call of  //Kabbo. Like a Bushman hunter she sets out on the trail and pins down the elusive meeting point between science and mysticism. In the unfolding drama of the new South Africa she finds a hidden story of the First Nations that touches on our common ancestry. 

The Keeper of the Kumm is a Multimedia Initiative that comprises 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
  • A 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

Trailer Duration: 2 min 32 sec

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