Ani Wa Sa is set in DR Congo’s Garamba National Park which is globally recognized as ground zero in Africa’s poaching wars. Fewer than 1,200 elephants remain.
Two brothers who come from a line of central African Zande hunters, seek to protect their local forest from seemingly opposing avenues: one through family tradition and the other as part of a national park ranger team. Though their relationship has fractured, an advancing rebel group seeking to poach and traffick elephant ivory poses a mutual threat and the brothers may need each other to protect the people and wildlife of their homeland for generations to come.
Ani Wa Sa is being used in an innovative on-the-ground mobile cinema initiative to help build bridges of trust and collaboration between central African communities, conservation actors, and humanitarians, in an effort to improve the safety and build the resilience of people and wildlife in this fragile and interdependent ecosystem.
As of March 31, 2020, Invisible Children has screened Ani Wa Sa in 67 communities in northeastern DRC and eastern Central African Republic (CAR), reaching 27,450 people.
Go here to learn more: invisiblechildren.com/program/mobile-cinema/
This project is part of the USAID-funded Community Resilience in Central Africa (CRCA) Activity, an Invisible Children project made possible by the support of the American people.
Lindsay Branham and Andrew Ellis
Jean EDMOND GAMBOLIPAY
Benjamin FREDDY ANITUMBA
Jean’s wife MARIE MILALI
Benjamin’s wife PELAGIE NINAGU
Ranger supervisor PAYSA LAVIE
Francois IGNACE BAVUNGALA
Young Benjamin ZAMBADE JERMAINE
Young Jean DANAMBA MIHIDIE
Radio operator LYCIE LAUNA
Funeral extra ANNA MARIE MIZELE
Jean’s son ZEPHANE MBOLITINE
Garamba National Park Rangers (as themselves)
Jean Paul Tandema
Jean Paul Mbolifuko
Jean Faustin Mulolani
A NOVO FILM
Patrick Ken Kalala
Executive Produced by
Lindsay Branham. Andrew Michael Ellis
Ryan Patch, Dieubeni Mboliangba, Lisa Dougan
Story based on focus group interviews conducted by Invisible Children, SAIPED, African Parks and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in Central Africa.
Andrew Michael Ellis
Lindsay Branham, Anna Marie Pitman
Producer for Invisible Children
2nd Camera Assistant
Orphe Zaza Bamoy
Zande Original Music
Li Gby Gbele Azande Traditional Music Club
Sanderina Animbwe, Monica Sungufwe, Martin Joice, Christina Mangba, Emmanuel Manga, Isaac Iliso, John Bafuko, Patrick Migbialungo, Antony Daputa
Additional Composition by
David Racanelli and Jeremy McDonald
Sound Design and Mix
Filmed on location in Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo.
African Parks has managed Garamba in partnership with the ICCN since 2005.