Jeannie McGill, producer of Milking the Rhino interviewed by Lauren Ranke. Segment 1.
Special Feature: Interview with Jeannie McGill, Producer of Milking the Rhino
Milking the Rhino has been recognized in many Film Festivals, including Sante Fe Film Festival, Doc International, Jerusalem Film Fest, DC Environmental Film Festival, and Big Sky Film Festival.
Milking the Rhino examines the deepening conflict between humans and animals in an ever-shrinking world. It is the first major documentary to explore wildlife conservation from the perspective of people who live with wild animals. Shot in some of the world’s most magnificent locales, Rhino offers complex, intimate portraits of rural Africans at the forefront of community-based conservation: a revolution that is turning poachers into preservationists and local people into the stewards of their land.
Dispelling the prevailing western myth of Africa as a sort of wilderness theme park inconveniently populated by people who despoil the land and slaughter endangered species, Milking the Rhino tells the inside story of Africa’s environmental revolution and community-based conservation efforts. Director David E. Simpson follows members of two tribes, the Masai of Kenya and the Himba of Namibia, through fledgling plans to balance their ancient cattle-based economies with new initiatives for a lucrative eco-tourism industry. The triumphs and the perils of this risky endeavor play out against the backdrop of some of the most sumptuously beautiful footage of Africa ever put on film.
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