Our Ocean is changing, along East Africa there is no-one who has witnessed this more than the Swahili people. Their culture is born of the ocean, it is interlinked with their heritage and many still travel and live off the ocean using methods handed down from their ancestors. This short film brings together the ocean encounters of respected fishermen from the Lamu Archipelago, sharing their experiences of over half a century sailing these waters, as well as stories from the fathers and grandfathers who taught them their trade. Through their life they have seen drastic changes, they all voiced the same causes of these changes and concern for the ocean. Through this film we can share the beauty of the ocean they want to protect, the charismatic animals that call this part of the ocean home alongside the issues it’s facing.
Nature film’s equivalent to the Oscars®, the Jackson Wild Media Awards™ celebrate excellence and innovation in nature, science and conservation storytelling. We are honoured that Bahari Yetu was chosen as Finalist for the 2020 Awards under the human voices category.
The mission of the International Wildlife Film Festival is to foster knowledge and understanding of wildlife and habitat through excellent, honest wildlife films and other media. The IWFF was the first juried wildlife film competition in the world. In 2021 Bahari Yetu was an Official Selection for the festival.
Our film was chosen as one of the films to launch the WaterBear Network; WaterBear is the first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet. It features award-winning content, a global network of over 75 non-profit partners and empowers members to take direct action to go beyond watching the content, to dive deeper, learn more and take action while watching.