THE BATTLE FOR LAIKIPIA

Daphne Matziaraki, Peter Murimi |
Kenya, United States, Greece |
2024 |
94Min |
Swahili, English, Samburu
10-12 PG V
For centuries, Kenya’s Laikipia region has been a grazing route for Indigenous pastoralist communities. It is also home to white ranchers and conservationists who settled during the British colonial era and stayed after Kenya’s independence in 1963. The pastoralists, the ranchers, and conservancies all rely on Laikipia’s grasslands to sustain their cattle and the wildlife. Since 2017, they have been filmed as they confront the ravaging effects of climate change. When drought and elections collide, conflict erupts. The filmmakers explore identity, the complicated legacy of British colonialism, and the intersection with climate change at the planet’s most fragile moment.
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Screenings

21 July 17:15 Gateway 9
24 July 19:00 Suncoast 8

Daphne Matziaraki, Peter Murimi

Daphne Matziaraki is a Greek documentary film director who lives between Greece and the San Francisco Bay Area. She directed, produced, shot, and edited the New York Times Op-Doc 4.1 Miles, for which she received an Academy Award nomination, as well as an Emmy nomination and a Peabody Award. The follow-up Op-Doc to 4.1 Miles, Container premiered at the Palm Springs Film Festival. Her second new short, Into the Sea, won multiple awards and became part of educational platforms worldwide. She was one of the segment directors for Apple TV’s mini-documentary series The Me You Can’t See. Her first feature The Battle for Laikipia premiered at Sundance 2024, and she is in early production of her second feature-length doc. Daphne has directed, shot, produced, and edited films that chronicle major social, political, and environmental developments in Europe, Africa, the United States, and the Middle East. She has been mentoring documentary filmmakers for Stavros Niarchos Artworks fellowship program and Docubox. She holds a master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School.
Peter Murimi is an award-winning Kenyan documentary director. His feature-length documentary I Am Samuel (2020) was screened at over a dozen film festivals, including BFI and Human Rights Watch. He won the CNN Africa Journalist of the Year Award in 2004 for his piece Walk to Womanhood, which deals with issues surrounding FGM. He worked as a freelancer on various NGO documentaries for the United Nations before coming on board permanently as a shooter director. He was a producer and cameraman for the documentary Slum Survivors which saw him spend six months in the sprawling informal settlement in Kibera, filming the stories of people he met. The film went on to win global recognition and was the winner of the Tur Ostravo Award in 2007. Under the direction of the 2014 Oscar-nominated director Jehane Nouhaim (The Square), Peter was the field director and cameraman for the Kenyan segments for the feature documentary Rafae: Solar Mama, which was produced as part of a series for Why Poverty in 2011. Since 2012 Peter has been producing various documentaries for international broadcasters in Africa.