The Last Dance
Is a documentary film currently in production.
This film will give the viewer a privileged glance at the Watha of Galana, Kenya.
The Watha a seldom documented and ancient culture who up until a single generation ago were living as hunters and gatherers.
The Watha were respected by neighbouring tribes for their unrivalled mastery of tracking and stalking, along with their abilities with their enormous powerful bows designed for the largest land animal on earth:
The Watha are a disenfranchised people.
Overnight in 1948 their world changed with the advent of a national park on their ancestral lands. Despite their long history and traditions in the area, Watha men defaulted to the status of "poacher" simply for being as they have been for hundreds of generations.
With only some few, scattered hundreds of them left, The Last Dance may be the final documented evidence of these people before the Watha culture is lost and they homogenise into greater, contemporary Kenyan society.
The Last Dance will illustrate the Watha demonstrating their legendary cultural practices of tracking large game and show their, intimate understanding and reverence of their quarry.
This reverence is losing ground in the minds of a younger generation.
Embittered as a result of the criminalisation of their way of life, some have adopted the criminal mind-set and have cashed in on their subsistence hunting skills by the lure of commercial ivory poaching, creating rifts in the wider Watha community.
The Last Dance will also show the struggles of key figures in the community as they attempt to retain their cultural identity and campaign for recognition as an ethnic group in the eyes of the government.