2018 Year in Review

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As we look back on 2018 we take a moment to appreciate all the incredible people we have met and the places we have travelled to. Watch our end of year review film for some of 2018’s highlights and some insight into the purpose behind the work we do.

Watch our 2018 Year in Review film

READ ABOUT OUR 2018 ASSIGNMENTS AND WATCH SOME OF THE FILMS WE MADE!

James and Oli visit New York with Empowers Africa

We loved being part of the Empowers Africa event this year, a highlight for us as a team having worked with this organization for a number of years now. Empowers Africa support and raise funding for teams in Africa with a focus on wildlife conservation, land preservation and human empowerment. 

Making films with Empowers Africa to assist with this fundraising has been so inspiring and rewarding. They are doing amazing work. For more about what this incredible organisation is doing check out their website and Instagram.

We were also able to showcase the teaser to our “Edge of Existence” project, and be part of a Q & A.

Watch the teaser here to learn more about human-wildlife conflict in Tanzania

Empowers Africa conservation safari

We completed an assignment for Empowers Africa this year that involved documenting their conservation safari. This included filming the dehorning of a rhino amongst other conservation related activities and individuals working in this space. 

When it comes to dehorning rhino – this is not an easy call to make – and something that no one wants to do. But this is how serious rhino poaching has become, reaching crisis level. Dehorning aids in the fight to save every single rhino that we can – a deterrent to poachers who are currently incredibly active in the Kwazulu-Natal area.

Learn more by watching the film

Game Rangers International with Kristin Davis

Game Rangers International - Kristin Davis

Our team traveled to Zambia to document the challenging and important work being done by Game Rangers International. This was all made possible by Kristin Davis – a conservationist with a passion for elephants.

As well as being a part of resource protection and community empowerment in Zambia – Game Rangers International rescue and rehabilitate orphaned elephants and are the only ones in Zambia that do this.

Due to poaching and human-wildlife conflict many elephants are orphaned and cannot survive on their own if they are under two years of age. Without Game Rangers International so many more would not make it. 

If you are able – please support and donate to this team, every bit counts.

Game Rangers International

Volcanoes Safaris in Rwanda and Uganda

We love working with Volcanoes Safaris and being a part of their conservation journey as they strive to support communities and aid in the protection of the endangered mountain gorilla.

We produced a number of films about their work with local communities, their lodges and we filmed the story of their Founder, Praveen Moman.

Celebrating gorillas and communities. Watch the film here

African Leadership University – growing conservation leaders

We filmed Mandla Mathonsi as a conservation leader today working for Singita at Singita Sabi Sands. Mandla is currently studying at the African Leadership University –  he has grown remarkably through these studies and is implementing so much of what he learns everyday working for Singita in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

This was the first film shoot completed for ALU – documenting Mandla’s journey. We went on to film their campus in Rwanda and covered the incredible event they hosted this year – the Business of Conservation Conference. Bringing together filmmakers, conservationists and commerce in order to find solutions and enlighten all about how we as a collective can combat the issues and find the solutions around the business of conservation.

Our team was able to play a role in this conference by shedding light on the issue of human-wildlife conflict through the teaser video to our project the “Edge of Existence”.
We interviewed some incredible people and can’t wait to share these films with you next year!
ALU are doing arguably one of the most important things in conservation currently – they are working to grow conservation leaders and educate the youth on how to manage conservation within countries so that it is economically sustainable.

Singita Serengeti

We travelled to Singita in the Serengeti and documented these truly remarkable destinations.
Singita Serengeti - James Suter and Oli Caldow
Singita Serengeti - Keenan Ferguson filming guide

Traveling to this part of Africa is unlike anything else; being immersed in the wild Serengeti in the Grumeti concession feels as though you could have been transported back in time to a truly untouched and beautiful wilderness, home to the great migration. Bringing travellers to Africa is so important in terms of changing people’s perceptions, enriching their lives and, most importantly, bringing awareness to important conservation initiatives. 

We are so grateful to work with a company like Singita who not only focus on giving guests from around the world the most incredible African experiences, but whose purpose is in fact founded in a commitment to conserve and protect the exceptional wilderness areas in which they operate.

Singita Serengeti - Oli Caldow filming tracker
Singita Serengeti Giraffes

They partner with the Grumeti Fund to drive forward critical wildlife conservation projects in the Grumeti. Equally, they work to support and empower the local communities bordering these reserves through inspiring community projects; to them conservation is as much about the people as it is about the wildlife.

We look forward to sharing the films in the new year.

Singita Serengeti Mother Elephant and her Baby Calf

What is ‘Rise of the Matriarch?’ – this is our new project – a long format documentary film series about women working in conservation in Africa, creating change, doing the extraordinary. This is a project we are working on in partnership with Blue Sky Society Trust.

As part of this project we joined Blue Sky on their Rise of the Matriarch all female expedition to meet and support some of the teams on the ground that we hope to showcase in our film series.

We also visited Anne Rasa – who works with meerkats on her own at 78 years old in the Kalahari Desert – rescuing and rehabilitating them.

What an incredible woman to meet and get to know!

Rise of the Matriarch - Anne Rasa
Anne Rasa - rescuing and rehabilitating meerkats

Here are some short video clips of just some of women we met.