The interdisciplinary research project "The Future Okavango" (TFO) is dedicated to supporting sustainable land use and resource management in the Okavango Basin of the countries Angola, Botswana and Namibia with scientific knowledge. The region under investigation, a system of woodland savannas, floodplains and extended wetlands is of crucial global importance for biological diversity.
The film “The Secret of Our Environment” was conceived and shot by a group of villagers from Seronga, Botswana for TFO to communicate aspects of their relationship with the natural environment and discuss related problems - within the project and to a wider audience. Focussing on the complex interplay between wildlife, tourism, fishing and farming, the film shows how natural resources are an integral part of the rural population’s everyday lives. The film consists of interviews and two re-enacted sequences in which the workshop participants demonstrate important activities to the audience in a playful and humorous way. The participatory film was produced during a workshop facilitated by Martin Gruber of the University of Bremen together with TFO para-ecologist Meshsack Kwamovo in Seronga in February and March 2013.