Screening of film "The Chairman and the Lions" produced by Kelly Askew


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  • Host Department: Anthropology
  • Date: 12/06/2012
  • Time: 7:00 PM

  • Location: Michigan Theater

  • Description:

    Directed by Peter Biella, Produced by Kelly Askew, Frank Ikoyo, Juma  Muriga and Howard Stein

    The Maasai leader of a Tanzanian village battles many lions that threaten his community-'bush' lawyers, land grabbers, 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.