Must Watch: Welcome to Loliondo



Wel­come to Lolion­do

Almost unnoticed by the glob­al main­stream media an out most injustice is tak­ing place in the ‘Cradle of Man­kind’. Maa­sai people are viol­ently evicted by Tan­zani­an police from their pas­tures and vil­lages to make room for com­mer­cial hunt­ing and safar­is.

Wel­come to Lolion­do tells the untold story that evolves in one of the world’s finest loc­a­tions for safar­is; a story quite dif­fer­ent from the post­cards impres­sions of the numer­ous tour­ists who vis­it the areas every year.

Behind the pre­sum­ably har­mon­ic sur­face of a rich and diverse wild­life, tour­ism and tra­di­tion­ally liv­ing Maa­sai people, inter­na­tion­al travel agen­cies and rich investors from the United Arab Emir­ates are will­ing to pay large amounts of money to get access to the areas of the wild­life reserve. The same areas where the Maa­sai are liv­ing their semi nomadic life with their herds. A life in har­mony with nature, since the Maa­sai do not hunt the wild­life, which can be seen graz­ing side by side with their live­stock.

But now Maa­sai vil­lages are burned down in a bit­ter dis­pute over the land. In the film we meet Nko­di­dio who is shot in the head by police­men one day when he’s herd­ing his live­stock. He sur­vived to tell his story, but lost sight on one eye and is facing leg­al charges for tres­passing the land in which he lived his entire life.
We also meet Herry Guy, a young Maa­sai and musi­cian. One of his songs is about the ongo­ing injustice towards and dis­place­ment of the Maa­sai, and the song gets air­time on the radio. Music is his weapon in the fight for justice.

The Maa­sai try to estab­lish dia­log with the author­it­ies, and organ­izes demon­stra­tions to make their protest to the evic­tions. So far the attempts to influ­ence the decision makers haven’t been suc­cess­ful, and the evic­tions of Maa­sai con­tin­ue as for­eign invest­ments rises.

As late as March 2013 the author­it­ies announced that even more Maa­sai fam­il­ies are to leave the area to make room for more tour­ists. In an appeal to the inter­na­tion­al com­munity the Eld­ers of the Maa­sai call for help and stat­ing that it is the last hope.

Wellcome to Lolion­do is the doc­u­ment­a­tion of a little known fac­tu­al drama which is bear­ing strik­ing resemb­lances to the fict­ive plot of James Camer­ons Avatar: the viol­ent dis­place­ment of a people liv­ing in pact with nature due to cyn­ic­al com­mer­cial object­ives.

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Gata Malandra

Gata Malandra

Edit­or / Research­er at No Bounds
Gata is a music and arts lov­er, stud­ied anthro­po­logy, art man­age­ment and media pro­duc­tion ded­ic­at­ing most of her time to cre­at­ive pro­jects pro­duced by No Bounds.
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Gata is a music and arts lover, studied anthropology, art management and media production dedicating most of her time to creative projects produced by No Bounds.

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