USA, Zimbabwe, 2019, 14 min., English & Shona
The illegal hunting and killing of elephants has been an enormous challenge for Zimbabwe. In an effort to combat this scourge, the country has established an elite troop of rangers, all of whom are women, and called Akashinga. The film, executive produced by James Cameron, shows how the women’s training is brutal and rigorous, but their commitment unwavering, motivated by a steadfast belief in their mission.
DIR: Maria Wilhelm
PROD: Kim Butts, Drew Pulley, Maria Wilhelm
EXEC PROD: James Cameron
EDITOR: Brad Turner
Maria Wilhelm thrives at the helm, executive producing the earth-conscious documentaries The Game Changers for Netflix, Emmy-winning climate change series Years of Living Dangerously for Showtime and National Geographic, and James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction for AMC. Among other productions in tandem with James Cameron, she runs Earthship – focused on advocacy media, the Avatar Alliance Foundation, and CAMERON Companies. Moving into the director’s chair for Akashinga, she tells us the story of an elite troop of women protecting the illegal hunting of elephants in Zimbabwe. Beyond her film efforts, Maria is a Trustee of the African Wildlife Foundation and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Be sure to look out for her upcoming executive producer films, National Geographic’s Planet of the Whales and Mission OceanX.