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Botswana: In the Footsteps of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Botswana In the Footsteps of the No1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Actor: Mma Precious Ramotswe
Director: Alexander McCall Smith
Genres: Documentary
NR     2009     1hr 0min

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency novels, featuring the insightful Botswanan investigator Mma Precious Ramotswe, have sold more than 15 million copies in 43 languages worldwide. A television series directed by the late Osc...  more »


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Actor: Mma Precious Ramotswe
Director: Alexander McCall Smith
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Biography
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 07/28/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A Charming Picture
Progressive | Colorado | 07/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For the many of us who are lovers of the No. 1 Ladies' Detectives and the oasis of peace and old time values to be found there, this DVD is a delightful look at that world's talented creator as he immerses himself in the environment that inspires him. Botswana's beautiful countryside, and its warm people, definitely confirm the image presented by McCall Smith in the books. The man himself seems a gentle soul, a humanitarian with a genuine love for Botswana. Nice music, beautiful scenery, a way of life that is still relatively unspoiled, despite the ravages of AIDS; a (relatively) peaceable kingdom."
Great Introduction to Botswana
J. Chinn | Prescott, AZ | 09/17/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I'm giving this DVD 4 stars, rather than 5, not because I don't love it.... only because it isn't quite what I expected. I loved the first season of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, and have been to Botswana three times. So, ordering this DVD was a no-brainer for me. I expected this DVD to be more of a documentary about the making of the HBO series, which it is in some part. However, it's much more than that. It also paints a beautiful and realistic picture of Botswana, which isn't a bad thing.... except it will likely encourage more people to invade my "personal paradise." As a professional nature/wildlife photographer, I discovered Botswana in April of 2008. I have returned twice since, conducting (along with a Native tracker) specialized field workshops for small groups of photographers. So, I will be showing this DVD to fellow and aspiring photographers, as a great way to introduce them to Botswana.

Alexander McCall Smith skillfully weaves his love of Botswana into his series of books. I really like that it also comes across in this DVD."
J. Romero | Allentown, PA USA | 09/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I treasure each new book of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency as a special treat. I schedule an afternoon on a hot summer day in my hammock and allow Alexander Smith McCall to transport me to Botswana. This DVD is so much of the same, only with visuals and sounds that reinforce the visit. He does an excellent job of introducing his readers to Botswana with that same magical slow pace and investment in the land and the people. If you enjoy his books, and even if you have never read his books... you'll enjoy this time with him."
Take a trip to Mma Ramotswe's Botswana
Gabor Szakacs | Nashua, NH USA | 10/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I started reading McCall Smith with "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" and immediately fell in love with his easy style and slow pace that seems to transport you to this simpler world. Since then I've read everything I could find of his, and also listened to his lecture on CD "Confessions of a Serial Novelist." McCall Smith is as easy to take in person as in his writings. In this video he introduces you to Botswana where he gets the inspiration for his most famous series of books. Anyone who has read the series and wishes they could go see what the real Botswana is like should view this. It's the next best thing to traveling there with McCall Smith as your personal guide."