Maasai Voices on Climate Change (and other changes, too) (2011) is a short documentary (10 minutes) created by a group of young Maasai pastoralists from the Maasai Mara, Kenya, sharing their perspectives on climate change. It turns out that it is not only seasons that are changing on their land...
The Maasai filmmakers are Stanley ole Neboo, Noah Meoli ole Kaai, Sasine ole Neboo, Noolarami enole Kapirontoi, Kuntayo ole Kirrokor, Debra Seenoi Kaigil, Moses Simel Rarin, Alex K. ole Koshal, Otumoi ole Keeko, Daniel P. ole Mpatiany, Nickson ole Kirrokor, Benson Molonko ole Kirrokor, Denis Sasine Ole Lenjir, Sabaya ole Mpatiany, Emily Soipanoi enole Kapirontoi and Miton ole Kirrokor. They are members of the Pastoralists and Wildlife Neighbor Program, an association they created after their participation in this project.
They can be contacted through Stanley ole Neboo at email@example.com.
The creation of this short documentary was coordinated and facilitated by Joana Roque de Pinho (Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, Lisbon, Portugal) and Nicolas Tapia (Colorado State University) as part of the Colorado State University project "Pastoralist Transformations to Resilient Futures: Understanding Climate from the Ground Up". Led by Kathleen Galvin (CSU) and Robin Reid (CSU), this project explores East African pastoralists’ knowledge of climatic changes and their experiences coping with related challenges; and to engage scientists, pastoralists and the civil society in a dialogue around climate change in East Africa.
The project was funded by the Livestock and Climate Change Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP), with additional support from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
We are very proud to announce that our collaborative work and documentary was awarded the Jean Rouch Award for Collaborative Filmmaking by the Society for Visual Anthropology! It will screen at the 2013 American Anthropological Association's annual meeting in Chicago on Nov. 22nd 2013, at 10h30. The AAA ethnographic film festival is open to the public.
More information on the project is here:
And here: Roque de Pinho, Joana. 2013. Shooting climate change in the Maasai Mara: Aesthetics and Expectations in Participatory Filmmaking with Kenya Pastoralists. Anthropology Now 5(2): 74-90.