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A Place without People

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DIRECTOR:  Andreas Apostolidis

RELEASE: 2010

IMDB RATING: 6.1

GENRE: Documentary

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SYNOPSIS: When the world's most famous nature reserves were created in the 50's and 60's, few people know that the indigenous people of East Africa, who had lived there in harmony with nature for 3000 years, were evicted from these areas.

Tanzania is today the eighth poorest nation in the world. Yet, in a country under stress with most of its people mired in poverty, the government, the tourist industry and conservation organizations, have advanced the idea that the native Africans are intruders into what was once their own pristine wilderness. Set in the famous Serengeti and the Ngorongoro crater, the film explores how the parks came to be and how western perceptions about nature radically altered both the East African landscape and society. The film focuses on the people who "shouldn't be there" not only because their voices are rarely heard but also because they are still being antagonised and excluded, while the tourist industry is rapidly depleting the area's natural resources.

 

 

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A Place without People