In Botswana, two young Bushmen struggle to build their futures in the wake of their people's relocation from their ancestral homeland. Ketelelo looks to education as a way to reinvent himself and provide for his family. Meanwhile, Kitsiso wonders whether he should stay in his ancestral homeland to honor his father or seek a new life in town. A HOUSE WITHOUT SNAKES is an intimate coming-of-age portrait that explores the tension between modernity and tradition through the lens of two individuals’ hopes and fears.

The film was produced as part of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, and the process was documented in a blog for National Geographic.

Expressive camerawork reflects a deep attachment to place and a longing for new horizons.
— Full Frame Documentary Film Festival