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New documentary follows Indigenous Rangers’ journey to Kenya to share knowledge, culture and music with Masai counterparts
A soon-to-be-released documentary, Ranger to Ranger, will follow the journey of acclaimed Indigenous musician Dan Sultan and a group of Indigenous Australian Rangers as they travel to Kenya to share knowledge, culture and music with a tribe of Masai Community Rangers.
The nine Indigenous Australians are Martu, Kimberley and Jawoyn Rangers from both Western Australia and Northern Territory. Having never met before, they came together in Perth and joined with Sultan, who is a Gurindji and Eastern Arente man from the Northern Territory, to embark on this unlikely journey to Africa with The Thin Green Line Foundation.
Aiming to bring together two groups of people that have many things in common, including a deep connection to land and country, the purpose of this program is about sharing experiences and information as well as exploring and learning from the differences.
Sean Willmore, founder of The Thin Green Line Foundation, explains “at The Thin Green Line Foundation we believe in the power of collaboration and exchange to achieve positive outcomes from wildlife and wild places.
“To bring together Indigenous Rangers from Africa and Australia, and to take this journey and see it through the eyes of Dan Sultan, is an experience that will have lasting positive impact.”
Together with AFI Award winning writer and filmmaker Rhys Graham of Daybreak Films, The Thin Green Line Foundation will present world premiere film events in Hobart (9th September), Adelaide (13th September), Merricks (14th September) Werribee (15th September), Darwin (16th September), Sydney (22nd September), Byron Bay (23rd September) and Perth (6th October).
The premieres will also feature a question and answer session with head Maasai Ranger Joseph Kotoke and Sean Willmore.
The Thin Green Line Foundation
Rangers risk and often lose their lives in the line of duty. The Thin Green Line Foundation is the only global organisation solely dedicated to providing these heroes with equipment, training and critical care in the field.
As the charity arm of the International Ranger Federation, its mission is to ensure that the people tasked with defending the world’s wildlife and wild places - the Rangers - are given the support they need. And in the case of a Ranger losing his or her life in the line of duty, it aim to provide emergency financial lifelines to the families of the fallen.
The Indigenous Ranger Exchange is a program of global Ranger organisation, The Thin Green Line Foundation.
For more information go to www.thingreenline.org.au
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2nd April 2017 - Report highlights value of Indigenous Ranger Programs
28th July 2016 - Indigenous rangers lobby for more positions
22nd February 2016 - Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference heads to Bunbury
24th September 2015 - Indigenous rangers aid threatened wallaby conservation efforts
15th March 2015 - Creating winning alliances in Indigenous tourism
4th October 2012 - Historic Indigenous tourism initiative gets international recognition
19th July 2010 - Demand for Australian Indigenous tourism
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