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"When I want to sell or kill a cow, I slaughter it for the meat… When it comes to an antelope, you need a committee of white men!" —Maasai herder

The Maasai of Kenya and Namibia’s Himba—two of the oldest cattle cultures on earth—are emerging from a century of “white man’s conservation,” which turned their lands into off-limits game reserves. Now, with a new model of conservation, African wildlife is back in their hands and the tribes are vying for a piece of the ecotourism pie. But can poachers become protectors?
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David Simpson views footage on mobile filming equipment with James Ole Kinyaga, senior host of the Il Ngwesi Lodge (Kenya), and an unknown Kenyan. The equipment is in the back of a vehicle and in the background green mountains are visible.

The Making Of:

“If we had arrived on our own, cameras in hand, we would have been thrown out. You can hardly find a spot on earth where film crews haven’t been. And if they’re extremely remote places, film producers are that much more attracted to them.”   More >>

The Filmmakers:

“Most of us see Africa through a haze of reportage about wars, AIDS, poverty and corruption. Rural Africa, in particular, is viewed as backwards and/or romantically pure.”   More >>
David Simpson and Jeannie R. Magill smile for the camera, with brown Kenyan mountains in the background

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