Safari

Jack Janssen Long documentary - 2001 - 60 min.

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As a child, director Jack Janssen saw the films his father had shot in Kenya and he knew that he wanted to go there. Now, he uses these silent, hand-shot 8mm images of elephants, rhinos and lions next to his own footage of Amboseli national park - clear images with an eye for the vastness of the landscape and the attitude and attire of the local Masai warriors. The film focuses on 'the professor', a Masai safari supervisor who, with his three-piece suite but with the characteristic stretched earlobes, unites the old and the new. The role of the white visitors has changed; what still looks like a romantic visit in the footage shot by Janssen's father has now become an at times embarrassing kind of tourism. The documentary is lightened up by scenes from a British colonial promotion film about 'the national park'.

Credits

Director(s) Jack Janssen
Script Jack Janssen
Producer(s) Peter van Vogelpoel
Production Company
Director of Photography
Joost van Gelder
Gregor Meerman
Editing
Sound on Set
Christien van Roon
TV Company
Distribution
Production Country
Netherlands