AFTER WE LOST SHIMA

By Ashley ELLIS

EMERALD CITY ARTS - as PROD / FIN

Documentary - Post-Production 2016

In the rural tourist town of Maun, Botswana, Shima, a young boy, died of AIDS related causes, leaving behind a community that is struggling to protect its wildlife and its youth amidst one of of the world's last treasures in biodiversity.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Social issues, Environmental
    • Countries
    • BOTSWANA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ashley ELLIS
    • Producer(s)
    • Ashley ELIIS (Emerald City Arts), Kate LONDEN (Emerald City Arts)
    • Synopsis
    • After We Lost Shima follows the work of a community organization, The Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, led by American biologist Tico McNutt and Canadian anthropologist Lesley Boggs, who happen to be married and raising two children in Maun, a small town on the edge of the African bush.

      For over 25 years, BPCT has worked to protect the biodiversity and predator species of the Okavango Delta, a lush region of Africa that remains wet while the continent's deserts dry out, serving as a huge watering hole for wildlife.

      Yet as eco-tourism continues to aid Botswana's economic growth, the nation is threatened by the ramifications of HIV-AIDS, which continues to devastate an entire generation of young adults, making sustainable conservation efforts from locals a mere afterthought. In a community where funerals are a regular weekend event, BPCT hopes to touch the hearts and minds of young children through their favorite pastime: soccer.

      At the center of the program's mission is Shima, a young boy who died of AIDS related causes and the only person the McNutts have personally lost to the disease, serving as an inspiration for their continued work.
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