Culture clash in Africa is focus of free movie

"Milking the Rhino," an award-winning documentary that explores how past conservation efforts in Africa have disconnected indigenous people from their traditional way of life, will be screened at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17, in 110 Pattee Library (Foster Auditorium). Members of the Penn State and local communities interested in cultural awareness, tourism, global sustainability and contemporary issues in Africa will find this film informative, engaging and empowering. The event is free and open to the public.

"Milking the Rhino" offers complex, intimate stories that unveil the adversities faced by two pastoral cultures, the Maasai people in Kenya and the Himba people in Namibia, as they struggle to preserve their self-determination and way of life.

At the screening will be a special guest Jeannie Magill, originator and co-producer of the film. Magill owned and operated Westwind Safaris and Tours, a safari company specializing in educational safaris to Kenya. She was a visiting scholar with the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University and she served as a consultant to the renovation of the African wing of Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. She has chaired panel discussions for the African Trade Association Congress, presented numerous educational talks, and published many articles for travel trade newspapers and magazines.

The event is organized by Penn State’s Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge and the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. Sponsors include the University Libraries; the Alliance for Earth Sciences, Engineering, and Development in Africa; Penn State’s College of Engineering; the Centre County Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America; and the Penn State International Affairs and Debate Association.

For more information on the film, visit http://www.milkingtherhino.org/ online.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010