Passages Series II No. 2, 2018 (excerpt)
Running time: 6:25 minutes / HD / black & white
Activity in Lake Manyara, Tanzania on December 5th, 2017 in the early afternoon.
Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sylvia Safdie
In 2017, I spent several days on the shores of Lake Manyara, observing and recording the movement of the Maasai tribes in their every life and as they graze their cattle.
Note: Lake Manyara is a shallow lake in the East African Rift in the Manyara Region in Tanzania. The lake fluctuates with seasons. Dry spells expose large areas of mud flats. The lake and its environs are home to a diverse set of landscapes and wildlife. It is an open undulating country with many herds of game. It is also home to the Maasai tribes who live in harmony grazing their cattle.
For the Maasai, land means life. Nomadic tribes in the northern Tanzania highlands have grazed cattle for centuries. Today, livelihood and rights of the nomads who need land to survive is threatened by tourism and wildlife conservation, which brings revenue to the country.