Mobile film unit

Films are an important and powerful tool for appealing to people’s emotions as they reach the highest domains of learning. Film combines audio and visual with motion, making them appealing to the eyes, ears and emotions.

They are able to explain a lengthy and complex concept in a condensed and simplified manner making it easy to comprehend. They also offer the viewers a unique opportunity to witness things happening as if they are happening now in the viewer’s presence. As such, films are a powerful tool that can help learners understand and access the world.

Amara Conservation uses conservation film to impart conservation knowledge to the rural folks.  This is done by the use of mobile film unit vehicle that takes film to where people are thus taking message out to the people.  Many of the rural areas where Amara Conservation shows films don’t have electricity supply thus the residents have no exposure to film of any kind. The mobile film unit offers the only opportunity for some communities to view films. Lack of television and other avenues for films make our mobile film unit very popular with the community, some walk far distances to get a chance to see a film. Also for the few who have access to TV in rural areas, wildlife/conservation information is very rarely available.

Our mobile film unit uses environmental film made by African Environmental Film Foundation. These films are made for the people of East Africa, narrated in local languages specifically to teach people about wildlife and critical environmental issues. The AEFF films make reference to local contexts and issues that local community members can easily associate with. When it’s known that a film unit is arriving, folks will walk for miles. We show films in schools in the daytime and villages at night; holding in-depth discussions before and after films opens minds and doors to change.

The Tsavo West National Park is a section of one of the largest wildlife conservancies on the planet, as well as one of Kenya’s largest wildlife national parks. It is well-known for its resident population of Red Elephants as well as the tale of the Tsavo Man-eaters. Unfortunately, most of the communities bordering these parks have never had a chance to visit them due to the cost. For these reasons Amara organizes game drives with Purdue University students each year into Tsavo West National Park. We also encourage children to form Wildlife Clubs and embrace their wildlife and environment. This year Mrabenyi Secondary School in Taita Taveta County had the opportunity to tour the vast Park and interact with the University students from USA.

 

tHistorically, the Tsavo Area is renowned for the Man-eaters of Tsavo, two mane-less lions who developed a taste to prey on humans back in the early 1900’s (various reasons are cited for this, one recently being that they suffered from tooth decay and pain that made hunting difficult for them!). Although they were later shot, they killed many people that were constructing the railway line connecting Mombasa and Nairobi. Additionally, it was the main battlefield between the Germans and the Britons in Africa in the course of World War I. Currently the area is very peaceful and is now famous for its resident Red-colored Elephants, that enjoy dust-bathing in the red colored soil. The serene environment of Tsavo comes mainly with thorny bushland, open grasslands and among the most beautiful scenic areas are; the Yatta plateau, the World’s longest lava flow stretching 290km; Mzima springs; Shetani Lava Flow; Chaimu Hill; and Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary.

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