A Place Without People

Anemon Productions   |   Greece

A film about how the local population of Tanzania has been evicted to make way for the creation of the world's most famous nature reserves.Set in the famous Serengeti and the Ngorongoro crater, the film explores how the parks came to be and how western perceptions about nature radically altered both the East African landscape and society. By bringing the history of conservation in the USA and Europe together with the reality of African development, archive material is juxtaposed against the stark realities of modern African life. This material is vital in showing the broader history of conservation, whilst the film allows the competing narratives of the people who have lived alongside Africa's wildlife for generations to be heard for the first time in such a context. Moving beyond the natural history genre, the film's archive material shows how the idea 'wilderness' was created and how this frames the images and ideas we have about Africa today.