Tanzania, 2012
46 min
Directed by Peter Biella
Produced by Frank Kaipai Ikoyo, Juma Muriga, Kelly Askew and Howard Stein
Anthropologist: Kelly Askew

The Maasai leader of a Tanzanian village battles many lions that threaten his community— land grabbers, ‘bush’ lawyers, migration and lack of education. Chairman Frank Ikoyo provides a glimpse into the current world of Maasai—burdened with problems that the community is ill equipped to overcome. He advocates education as a key to village self-determination, despite the fact that it can produce “educated criminals.” The film depicts Ikoyo’s duties as Chairman—persuading women to send daughters to school, interrogating spies in a lawsuit, and eliciting help of a renowned elder to train young warriors in the art of lion hunting.