A documentary that follows acclaimed Indigenous musician Dan Sultan and nine Indigenous Australian Rangers as they travel to Kenya to share knowledge, culture and music with Maasai rangers will have its world premiere at the Community Centre on September 23 from 5.30pm.
Ranger to Ranger is produced by AFI award-winning writer and filmmaker Rhys Graham, along with The Thin Green Line Foundation, who claim to be the only global organisation solely dedicated to providing rangers with ‘equipment, training and critical care in the field.’
Organisers say the docomentary ‘brings together two groups of people who in some ways are incredibly different, yet in many ways have a lot of things in common, least of which is a deep connection to land and country.’
‘The foundation of this journey is exchange. It’s about sharing experiences and information. It’s about exploring and learning from the differences. And it’s about celebrating those things that are the same.’
According to the Thin Green Line’s website, ‘Every day, park rangers risk their lives to protect wildlife and wild places from poaching and other threats.’
‘Sadly, it’s estimated that over 1,000 park rangers have been killed in the line of duty over the past 10 years – a large percentage of these are owing to commercial poachers and armed militia groups.’
Ambassadors of the Thin Green Line Foundation include legendary conservationist Dr Jane Goodall, paleontologist professor Tim Flannery, and musicians Gotye, Nicky Bomba and Tex Perkins.
A Q&A session with head Maasai ranger Joseph Kotoke and Thin Green Line Foundation founder Sean Willmore will follow the screening on September 23.