The Chairman and the Lions

Peter Biella
46 minutes


As recently as forty years ago, most sections of the Maasai were semi-­nomadic and relatively independent of the nation-­state. However, political, social and economic changes in East Africa have forced many herders to adopt a sedentary lifestyle. Chairman Frank Ikoyo, the Maasai leader of a Tanzanian village, battles many lions that threaten his community: 'bush' lawyers, land grabbers, migration, and lack of education. This film provides a glimpse into the current world of Maasai.