Shepherds of the Earth is a film by international award-winning Finnish director Iiris Härmä that tells a fascinating story about the Cradle of Humankind, ancient songs, the nomadic people’s struggle to survive, lost animals, tribal wars and prehistoric fossils.
The film takes place in Turkana, Kenya, a place also known as the Cradle of Humankind. Living by saline Lake Turkana amidst sand and thorny bushes is the indigenous pastoral tribe Daasanach. The film joins Helsinki University environmental scientists Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares and Mar Cabeza on their trip to study people’s relationship to their environment through traditional animal tales. Fernández-Llamazares becomes friends with a local, Job Nasak, who guides him into the daily life of the tribe.
When collecting ancient animal stories of the Daasanach tribe, the researchers find out that the tribe’s traditions are the greatest threat to nature and animals in the area. The stories paint a picture of vivid nature and rich wildlife, yet the local natural park is dry and bare: there are hardly any wild animals left and the local children have never seen them.
Production Company: Guerilla Films
Language: English, daasanach
Not for persons under 12
Length: 75 min
The film will be available at the Online Cinema from 10.00 Monday 23 May to 23.00 Sunday 29 May 2022. Please note that access to viewing will only be provided until 500 people have watched the film. The film can only be viewed in Finland, which is why a separate sign-in is required for copyright reasons.