Serengeti Mara - A Memoir

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Comprised primarily of footage shot in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in southwestern Kenya in 1976 and updated in 2011, this documentary film by Shep Abbott tells the story in journal form of the relationship he and the film's narrator Lisa Lindblad (Abbott's wife at the time) had with the Maasai people, the traditional inhabitants of this region over the course of one year. In this one-hour film, the subject of the gradual disappearance of migratory routes for over 1 million wildebeest and zebra serves as a focal point in a much larger story about conservation and the need to balance the demands of the modern world with those of indigenous populations. The film is touchingly narrated by Lindblad, who at first celebrates, then ultimately mourns, the disappearance of the Serengeti Mara, including the neighboring traditional Maasai neighbors who are gradually evicted by the Government as the story unfolds. Mike Nichols, director of such films as "The Graduate" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", called the film "some kind of masterpiece." It is shot in stunning 16mm color, which has since been digitized.

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