What transpired then leads us to where we are today, for it was with a sense of wonder at the serendipity of things that I recently learnt that Dereck and Beverly’s latest documentary Okavango will premiere at Sundance next week. For Dereck and Beverly, it’s a huge milestone in that it’s the first time in over 35 years that one of their films has been accepted at Sundance. While for Sundance, the film will bring another level of insight and excellence to the impeccable platform of artists, scientists, conservationist and policymakers as they work towards the greater good. For me, the documentary is nothing short of a love letter to the greatest river in Africa and a necessary testament to the interconnectedness of life on earth, not to mention the biodiversity needed to maintain the delicate balance of nature in the Okavango. Dereck and Beverly’s observation of this unique ecosystem is storytelling at its best in that it introduces the viewer to an extensive
array of animals who hunt, forage, and scavenge for their very survival along the endlessly shifting water’s edge. And yet, it never loses sight of the fact that while the Okavango is a place of infinite beauty, “One man’s paradise is another’s purgatory”.
To me, it was fated that these “conservation giants” should have come together in the spirit of educating, informing, and inspiring us on how to conserve the precious little that remains of our pristine wilderness areas. It reminds me of something that pioneering female Texan physician Emery Allen once pondered: “Do you think the universe fights for souls to be together? Some things are too strange and strong to be coincidences.” I certainly agree, don’t you?
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