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 film was made during summer 2013 by students from Princeton University and several Kenyan universities through the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) Global Seminars and the Atelier Program at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton.
The students worked from a base camp at the Mpala Research Centre, a partnership among Princeton, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museums of Kenya and the Kenya Wildlife Service. The Princeton Global Seminar "Documentary Filmmaking in Kenya: The Art of Science Storytelling," provided students with training in digital video production, screenwriting and editing.
Su Friedrich, a professor of visual arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts and a filmmaker, co-taught the course with Katie Carpenter, a 1979 Princeton graduate and a wildlife documentary filmmaker.
The global seminars are made possible by Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
Read more about the students and videos.