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The Battle For Laikipia

Directed by Daphne Matziaraki, Peter Murimi
Kenya, USA, Greece
94 minutes
All Ages
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A powerful film set in Kenya’s spectacular Laikipia region, home to traditional herders, wildlife conservationists, and white pastoralists; a place where drought, politics and colonial history collide.
Samburu cattle herders have lived in the region for centuries. Many white landholders were born and raised here. But, after months without rain, once amicable societal relationships are fracturing. In the past, Indigenous herders would have roamed far seeking food and water. But white landholders have erected fences across traditional grazing routes and employed armed guards to protect their property. As the drought deepens and election rhetoric fires up the community, tension escalates. Over five years, Kenyan director Peter Murimi and Greek filmmaker-journalist Daphne Matziaraki skilfully documented this complex, increasingly violent situation, with unresolved colonial legacy meeting climate change head on.
A powerful picture, and an important one
Screen International
A tense, beautiful, heartbreaking film
Program Strand
All Ages
Kenya, USA, Greece
In Samburu, English and Swahili with English subtitles
Daphne Matziaraki, Peter Murimi
Toni Kamau, Daphne Matziaraki
Daphne Matziaraki, Peter Murimi, Maya Craig
Sam Soko
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Women Directors, First Nations, Africa, Environmental, Politics & Economics
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Sales Agent: MetFilm Sales
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