Jens Bjerre (born 16 March 1921) is a Danish author, filmmaker and adventurer. He trained as a journalist at newspapers in provincial Denmark before becoming political editor at Aftenbladet in Copenhagen in 1943–47. During the German occupation of Denmark, Bjerre was active in the resistance group BOPA. In 1947, Bjerre embarked on a lifelong career as a freelance journalist by going to South Africa, where he lived among the San bushmen and studied their culture and customs. The following year, he returned and shot the documentary movie Kalahari, which gives an insight into the lives and rituals of this ancient people. In the mid-1960s, Bjerre spent almost a year among the nomadic aborigines of the Northern Territory in Australia. Jens Bjerre has written five books about his travels and encounters with primitive people, which have been translated into 15 languages. His latest book is the memories Lost Worlds from (2005). Bjerre was chairman of the Danish branch of The Adventures Club in 1977 and is the only living honorary member of the club.
1 Travel writer
2 Scientific expeditions and lectures
3 Bibliography in Danish
4 Danish documentaries
In 1947, Bjerre began working as a freelance travel journalist. He has written articles for numerous Danish and international newspapers and magazines such as Life Magazine, Paris Match and The London Illustrated News, and he has also produced radio features from Africa for the BBC.
Scientific expeditions and lectures
Bjerre has conducted scientific expeditions to the Kalahari desert and the interior of Australia in collaboration with The Royal Geographical Society in London and the National Museum in Copenhagen. Furthermore, he has participated in several mapping expeditions to unknown areas of New Guinea on behalf of the Australian government. He also co-organized and participated in the University of Copenhagens Noona Dan-expedition to the Pacific in 1961–62. Furthermore, he has collected cultural artefacts among tribal people in New Guinea for the Danish National Museum.
Bjerre has lectured on universities and museums throughout the world, among them Harvard, Yale, Stanford and National Geographic Society in Washington and the Royal Geographical Society in London. He was also a speaker at the international congress of anthropologists in Moscow in 1964.
Bibliography in Danish
Blandt menneskeædere på Ny Guinea, 1955.
Kalahari - Atomtidens stenalder, 1958.
Gensyn med Stenalderen, 1963.
Endnu lever eventyret, 1971. '
Forsvundne verdner - 50 år blandt naturfolk , 2005.
Blandt menneskeædere på Ny Guinea
Fra Cairo til Cap
Himalaya. Verdens tag
Kalahari. Afrikas buskmænd
Atomtidens stenalderfolk. Australiens aboriginals
På togt med Noona Dan
Sydhavets glemte folk
Det nye Kina
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