ABOUT THE FILM
ABOUT THE FILM
We are raising money to make a documentary film about Maasai predicament and the dilemma of wildlife. Tanzanian Government is violently evicting the Maasai, and other indigenous peoples, from their land for many reasons including investment by safari companies.
Tourists will ultimately crowd out wildlife in the Serengeti National Park.
The Maasai have, since time immemorial, tolerated wildlife. This explains why the highest concentration of wildlife and widlife protected areas remaining on this planet are to be found in Maasailand. Masai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire National Park, Mkomazi National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Amboseli and many other wildlife protected areas are in Maasailand.
Maasai girls prepare for a traditional ceremony in Ngorongoro.
Yet the Tanzanian state violently displaces the Maasai to give room for other land uses including foreign private investments.
Maasai injured by state-sponsored hunters from Dubai.
Like the Maasai, wildlife are facing a similar fate. Poachers are mowing down wildlife to feed ivory markets in Asia. Tons of ivory from Tanzania bound to Hong Kong, Thailand and elsewhere in Asia are often seized at destination. Between 2000 and 2013 33 tons of ivory were seized in Hong Kong heading to China. Nearly 30 elephants are killed every 24 hours. There were 109,000 elephants in Tanzania in the 2000s. Poachers pounded the population to less than 70,000 in 2012 according to the Arusha-based TAWIRI.
Chinese nationals arrested with 1,800+ kgs of ivory in Tanzania.
Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr. Lu Youqing, admitted in a moment of rare honesty:
"Some Chinese nationals and companies are engaged in corruption and illegal ivory trade in Tanzania."
-South China Morning Post [China] July 14, 2014.
Licensed hunters mainly from the West are similarly killing wildlife in Tanzania. In July 2013 President Barack Obama of the United States visited Tanzania. Obama promised to help Tanzania fight poaching. However, President Obama dutifully avoided any mention of the worst crime against wildlife; hunting animals including elephants in the name of sports.
Elephants are dying in Tanzania due various reasons including poaching.
On April 4, 2014 the United States Fish & Wildlife Service finally banned sport-hunted trophies from Tanzania and Zimbabwe "because elephants in those countries faced an uncertain future." The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu, intensely protested:
"We want to speak with the US Government to reverse the ban since it will be harmful to wildlife conservation in Tanzania. The Government has started a process of holding talks with the US authorities, and I am ready to travel to the US for talks."
-The Citizen [Tanzania] May 11, 2014.
In fact the Tanzanian Government is not alone in protesting the ban of wildlife trophies. To be sure Safari Club International, the US-based syndicate of wildlife hunters with over 30,000 members worldwide, went to court to challenge the ban claiming that by killing wildlife it is in fact preserving them. The film looks at these storylines avoided by the mainstream media.
Wildlife faces another serious problem which is avoided by the mainstream media in the interests of tourism business. Tourists, like Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, fly into the delicate ecosystems like Serengeti National Park. How sustainable are cars and aircrafts in parks like Serengeti and Maasai Mara?
Queen Margerethe II, with a cap, flew into delicate Serengeti ecosystem.
HELP US MAKE HISTORY
We want to illuminate a subject avoided by the mainstream media; how the Maasai lived with wildlife side by side. The censorship of the Maasai and wildlife story ends now.
We are raising funds for this movie through a revolutionary website called Indiegogo which enables "crowdfunding" for important projects.
Indiegogo helps us bypass Hollywood studios and the usual funding for movies. Hollywood never would fund a movie such as this.
With your help we are going to hire the best script writer, film director and buy footage as well as equipment. Please pledge right now.
We tell a lot about ourselves by the stories we choose to tell and the ones we want to ignore. Please help us tell this important story.
This is your chance to bypass the media "information gatekeepers" to get tens of millions thinking about the suffering of the Maasai and the wild animals they live with.
Please pledge right now and get 10 friends, relatives, colleagues and fans to pledge. Thank you so much for helping us make history.
Remi Andrades is Executive Producer with vast experience and networks under his belt.
The London-based editor, David Hill, has more than 50 TV and cinema feature documentary credits to his name. Some of the films he edited are My New Brain and The Age of Stupid.
Navaya Ndaskoi is a Maasai Scholar. He is the Custodian of Relevant Knowledge. He has been researching the project for 5 long years.
BUDGET & SCHEDULE
We need to raise US$160,000 to make this film. Although we have been pushed to our limits with lots of blood, sweat and tears and have invested our time and money we will only be able to complete this project with your support. The film is scheduled for release in May 2015. Without your support we simply cannot do it.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
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"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men [and women] to do nothing."
-Edmund Bruke, Irish Statesman.