Over the course of six weeks a Princeton Institute for International Affairs (PIIRS) Global Seminar “Documentary Filmaking in Kenya: The Art of Science Storytelling,” held at Mpala Research Centre in Laikipia, Kenya, over the summer, 15 undergraduates and five Kenyan students were trained in digital video production, screenwriting and editing to produce short documentaries. Below is the last of five films produced by a subset of the students during the seminar.
The seminar was co-sponsored by the Princeton Atelier, the Princeton Environmental Institute, and Lewis Center's Program in Visual Arts.
"The Matriarch" follows the life of Jada, an elephant and the matriarch of her family who has survived a brutal poaching attack. Jada's story is interwoven with a riveting science story about the research being done at Mpala which allow us to see just how important elephants are for the environment and what is at risk if they no longer exist in the wild.
Produced, directed and edited by Sarah Jeong, Loise Njagi, Brady Valashinas and Réka Zempléni
You can read more about this global seminar in the recent article ”Into the wild: Global Seminar takes budding filmmakers to Kenya’s plains.”
You can see other videos from the seminar here.