National Geographic Premieres “Akashinga” Documentary

Akashinga The Brave Ones Film

National Geographic Documentary Films is proud to premiere a short film from three-time academy award winner and National Geographic Explorer, James Cameron.

The short documentary tells the story of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation’s ‘Akashinga’ – the all-female anti-poaching unit in Zimbabwe that is facing down poachers and saving wildlife.

AKASHINGA: THE BRAVE ONES will have its world premiere at the EarthxFilm Festival, held virtually April 22 to 27 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. (More details to come.)

With many of Africa’s key species, including elephants, reaching levels near extinction, Akashinga is a radical, new and highly effective weapon against poaching. Founded by former Australian special forces soldier and anti-poaching leader Damien Mander, the women-only team of rangers, drawn from the abused and marginalized, is revolutionizing the way animals are protected, communities are empowered, and their own lives are transformed.

“While we battle with an increasingly powerful viral enemy, the poaching wars rage on,” said executive producer James Cameron. “The Akashinga are front-line warriors — fiercely committed to protecting Africa’s most vulnerable species and to securing a positive future for their communities. They fight to ensure nature wins.”

Watch the trailer now to get a glimpse of these anti-poaching heroes at work.


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Akashinga is more crucial now than ever: As the global pandemic crisis COVID-19 affects millions and resources become increasingly scarce, wildlife will be especially vulnerable to poachers.

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