This film takes an insightful look into the behaviour of African wildlife. Abdi Jama returned from America to Africa where he risked his life to film the animals and tell their stories…
The film tells how young Abdi Jama’s life as a camel herder from Somalia, takes him on a journey to America and back to his birth continent with an inspiration to make films and tell his people’s folk stories.
Taking place in the Okavango Delta in Botswana where he stayed for several seasons, he earned the respect and acceptance of the animals, thus allowing him to get up close, and film some of the most seldom seen animal behaviour.
With his abiding respect for everything in the Okavango, and his intense observation of animals and their relationships, Abdi gives the viewer the opportunity to experience a lion pride take over, his special friendship with a leopard mother and her cubs, and how he wins the trust of an elephant breeding herd.
With him living in the wild he has come to know the lions as individuals, capturing their interactions with one another, losing their territory, and the new leaders taking over. He has filmed other amazing footage such as lions competing with crocodiles over an elephant carcass and two male Hippopotamus in dispute.
Abdi captures the diversity of the Delta’s wildlife, and is there to observe and capture the natural cycles of life and death recording them on film.
He has taken story telling beyond African folklore. His low profile, respect and understanding allowed him to develop an extraordinary relationship between man and wild animal. What he films will give more insight into the lives of the animals he feels so close to.