Trailer for NatGeo's Anti-Poaching Doc 'Akashinga: The Brave Ones'

April 20, 2020
Source: YouTube

Akashinga: The Brave Ones Trailer

"I will teach you to fight! I will teach you to disappear! I will teach you to use your power!" National Geographic has released an official trailer for a riveting short documentary called Akashinga: The Brave Ones, which is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and EarthXFilm Festival – both taking place online later this month. Executive produced by James Cameron and directed by Maria Wilhelm, Akashinga: The Brave Ones tells the story of the Akashinga, the all-female anti-poaching unit in Zimbabwe that is revolutionizing the way animals are protected and communities are empowered. Their focus is on education through community outreach, working with the locals first rather than resorting to full-on armed assault. National Geographic has been covering this group for the last few years - photographer Brent Stirton's series on the Akashinga won 2nd Place in Sony's World Photography Awards last year. The short only runs a total of 13 minutes but it looks like an invigorating and inspiring profile of a group of women fighting for change.

Here's the official trailer for Maria Wilhelm's doc Akashinga: The Brave Ones, from YouTube:

Akashinga: The Brave Ones Poster

With many of Africa’s key species, including elephants, reaching levels near extinction, Akashinga is a radical, new and highly effective weapon against poaching. Founded in Zimbabwe by former Australian special forces soldier and anti-poaching leader Damien Mander, the women-only team of rangers, drawn from the abused and marginalized, is revolutionizing the way animals are protected, communities are empowered— and its members' own lives are being transformed. Damien Mander's innovative approach to conservation calls for community buy-in rather than armed assault against poachers: If a community understands the economic benefits of preserving animals, then it will eliminate poaching without any armed struggle. Akashinga: The Brave Ones is directed by producer / filmmaker Maria Wilhelm, making her directorial debut with this film after producing "James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction" on TV, and also the docs Deepsea Challenge 3D and The Game Changers previously. Akashinga: The Brave Ones will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, and EarthXFilm Festival taking place online this month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The docu will also be broadcast on National Geographic later this year.

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They are doing an important job, right? And what to think of people who play with the extinction of a specie?

shiboleth on Apr 20, 2020


i saw the trailer a few days ago and looking forward to watching this doc - definitely women i have a LOT of respect for. alex, since we're talking Nat Geo - have you seen the trailer for Barkskins? it's not a movie/doc. it's an 8part mini-series but it looks really good. - looking forward to that too.

dan on Apr 21, 2020


Nah, I haven't! But I'm curious about it... There's just so many dang series and shows and doc series and mini-series out there, I can barely find time to get invested in any of them. I wish I had more time... Barely finished "Tiger King" a few weeks ago! "Barkskins" sounds good, but will probably just make me more depressed.

Alex Billington on Apr 21, 2020


i know what you mean about all the different series. and everything is so fragmented - with (just to name a few) hulu, amazon prime, cbs all access, netflix all having their own series plus Nat Geo, history channel and BBC offering even more. lots of good stuff to watch but never enough time - not to mention i'm not paying for a streaming site to watch ONE series. well, i'm going to give Barkskins a chance - i like the period and what info is available on the history of the colony; not to mention the acting looks good. it's only 8 episodes so maybe you'll have a chance to see it. see ya!

dan on Apr 21, 2020

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