The Lost Boys of Laikipia

Holly Welles ・ High Meadows Environmental Institute

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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.  “The Lost Boys of Laikipia” 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.”

The Lost Boys of Laikipia

In Central Kenya, Professor Rosie Woodroffe runs the Samburu-Laikipia Wild Dog Project in hopes of gaining a better understanding of the African Wild Dog, an endangered species that disappeared from the region the region in the 1980s but has since returned. What will it take to protect the wild dogs and help them thrive once more?

Produced, directed, shot and edited by Muhinza Bushoki, Kelsey Dennison ‘16, Nick Ellis ‘14 and Kemy Lin ‘16.

The other four films include:  Curse of the Gazelle KingNature’s NurturersRealignments; and The Matriarch.