Nature’s Nurturers

Holly Welles ・ High Meadows Environmental Institute

Nature’s Nurturers from Su Friedrich on Vimeo.

In the summer of 2014, 15 Princeton undergraduates had the unique opportunity to participate in a Princeton Institute for International Affairs (PIIRS) Global Seminar “Documentary Filmmaking in Kenya: The Art of Science Storytelling,” held at Mpala Research Centre in Laikipia, Kenya.  Together, with five Kenyan students, they were trained in digital video production, screenwriting, and editing. This collaborative effort was co-sponsored by the Princeton Atelier, the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Lewis Center’s Program in Visual Arts culminating in the production of five films that capture environmental themes featuring the work of Princeton faculty and students.  “Nature’s Nurterers” is one of the five films produced.  More information about this this global seminar can be found in the recent article  ”Into the wild: Global Seminar takes budding filmmakers to Kenya’s plains.”

Nature’s Nurturers

“Nature’s Nurturers” reveals the work of the Northern Kenya Conservation Clubs, focusing on the primary and secondary schools of Laikipia. The film explores the ways in which the clubs are using experiential learning to educate students about local conservation issues, and how the students then share what they’ve learned with their families and villages as well. The result: improved community-based conservation of wildlife and habitats throughout the region.

Produced, directed, shot and edited by Raghav Gandotra, Dayna Li, Charlotte Maher Levy and Kevin Midigo

The other four films include:  Curse of the Gazelle KingThe MatriarchRealignments; and The Lost Boys of Laikipia