Kimana Tuskers: taking giant steps across the world

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When Nyayo recently interviewed award winning Kimana Tuskers Director Jamie Joseph, she confided that she was terrified Djimon Hounsou would reject her request to narrate the film. The two-time Academy Nominated actor imprinted on her 15 years ago when she saw him in ‘Blood Diamond’, an incredibly important movie that exposed the world to child soldiers, corporate greed and the ugly truth behind the diamond trade fuelling conflict in Africa. 

“Blood Diamond made people accountable,” Joseph continued. “It brought real change. And for me, that is the ultimate goal, and the only reason I made Kimana Tuskers and will continue to make films.”

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Both born and raised in Africa, Djimon and Jamie hit it off immediately, brought together through shared values and a deep connection to the motherland. Filmed throughout the Greater Amboseli ecosystem in Kenya, Kimana Tuskers is a short film of epic proportions as the viewers follow Craig, one of the last great tuskers left on earth with ivory that sweeps the ground, and the younger elephant bulls who entrust their lives to him, navigating a vanishing landscape through the Kimana wildlife corridor. 

“Dust to dust, water to water, ancient elephant roads have for centuries sustained the hunger to live,” Hounsou narrates as the film opens up to sweeping cinematic views of Mt Kilimanjaro. “This is the passage of experience passed down from wise old bull to the younger bulls; a brotherhood.”

Jamie Joseph is at the helm of the groundbreaking charity Saving the Wild, which leads the crusade against corruption enabling rhino poaching in South Africa, pursuing high level targets and fighting organized crime. In the southern tip of Africa she moves in the shadows, and in Kenya in the east of the continent, the sun rises and sets with the promise of a new day…

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