Saturday, April 18, 2020

Ariela Rubin on Akashinga (2020) Tribeca 2020

Akashinga is a documentary short about an all female anti-poaching unit in Africa. They will be doing one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. The documentary shows that these women will be pushed to their physical and mental limitations. These women come from rough backgrounds, and are there to help support their families. One woman says she wants to protect the elephants like she wants to protect her children. They are told at training that some of them will die. Usually when you think of anti poaching rangers, you think of men, so it was really inspiring to see that there is also a group of women who are out there risking their lives to protect wildlife.

I feel that this documentary is very timely. At a time in the world where many are losing their jobs, many might turn to poaching. Anti-poaching units are needed now more than ever.

I thought this was a really strong documentary, I would love to see it turn into a full length doc.

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