CreatorA co-production of David E. Simpson ; Kartemquin Educational Films ; the Independent Television Service (ITVS) ; executive producer, Gordon Quinn ; executive producer for ITVS, Sally Jo Fifer ; original concept, Jeannie R. Magill ; directed, produced, written and edited by David E. Simpson
"A ferocious kill on the Serengeti; warnings about endangered species... These clichés of nature films ignore a key landscape feature: villagers just off-camera who endure the dangers and costs of living with wild animals. The Maasai tribe of Kenya and Namibia's Himba -- two of earth's oldest cattle cultures -- are emerging from a century of 'white man's conservation,' which threw them off their lands, banned subsistence hunting and fueled resentment. They are discovering that earnings from wildlife tourism can rival the benefits of livestock. But change is not easy. Charting the collision of ancient ways with Western expectations, [this film] offers complex, intimate stories of Africans at the forefront of community-based conservation." -- Container.
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