After a production period spanning over five years, the documentary film “The Battle for Laikipia” is poised to make its global debut at the Sundance Film Festival, marking its inclusion in the World Documentary Competition.
Delving into the themes of home and belonging, the film captures the real-life narratives of Samburu pastoralists, cattle ranchers, and conservationists inhabiting Laikipia, one of Kenya’s most picturesque regions.
Against the backdrop of the breathtaking landscape, the documentary unfolds the challenges faced by the community, grappling with the profound impacts of climate change, leading to conflicts over diminishing resources.
Directed by Daphne Matziaraki from Greece and Peter Murimi from Kenya, “The Battle for Laikipia” stands as a collaborative effort between Kenyan and international filmmakers.
In a joint statement, the directors expressed their excitement about the film’s inclusion at Sundance, highlighting its potential to spark conversations about the profound impact of climate change on notions of home and belonging globally.
The film, expertly edited by Kenyan editor Sam Soko, renowned for his work on the Sundance award-winning documentary “Softie,” comprises over 300 hours of meticulously curated footage.
Produced by Toni Kamau of “We are Not the Machine” (known for producing “Softie” at Sundance 2020) and executive produced by Roger Ross Williams and Geoff Martz of “One Story Up” (recognized for Netflix’s “Stamped from the Beginning” and “High on the Hog”), the documentary promises a visually striking and emotionally resonant viewing experience.
“The Battle for Laikipia” holds the distinction of being the second Kenyan-directed and produced documentary to premiere in competition at the World Cinema Documentary category at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.