"Cows, Guns & Rustlers - Africa's Wild West"

Filmed / Directed / Written / Edited by Kire Godal
Sound & Music by Mike Moller

In 2009 Kire and her sound man Mike entered where no camera has ever gone before to show the dangerous world of Kenya's high stakes cattle rustling.  

Northern Kenya is Africa's 'Wild West', a remote frontier saturated with weapons from many wars and a bad land - filled with tribal cattle rustlers. This area is so dangerous that even the army stays away. Thousands of people die raiding every year.

In the centre of this tribal war-zone live the Pokot people - the most notorious cattle rustlers of all. They are not bandits; it's not a conflict like Sudan, or the Congo. This story has a much deeper cultural context. Pokot pursue cattle for survival -- and their enemies and neighbours, the Turkana, do the same.

In Northern Kenya,  men make their own rules, cattle is the ultimate currency and rustling is a way of life. This film is an unprecedented journey into another world of survival and way of life in remote, traditional Africa.

It's hard to believe that this extreme and deadly world of cattle raiding, shootouts and secret ceremonies exists. 

Kire and Mike spent 3 months living alongside the rustlers in Ngaina on the border of Pokot and Turkana territories; where there were no roads, only a few outsiders had ever been - and the cattle raids were happening constantly, day and night.




Skypaths - a 4 part documentary series - ( Presented here as 4 parts in a Doc Feature Format) directed & filmed by American Kire Godal, follows Swedish / Danish conservationist & writer Natasha Illum Berg as she retraces her pioneering conservationist and natural history filmmaker Swedish grandfather Bengt Berg's 4 most important wildlife film expeditions 100 years after him. From Sweden, to Ethiopia, Tanzania, India & Nepal - a lens into the past is opened and a parallel adventure story begins. 

Bengt Berg's beloved work from the early 1900's, his original archives, are seen for the first time in decades as we follow his expeditions through his films, writing and photographs, as Natasha lives out her expeditions today.

Bengt Berg took great risks for animals a century ago - today his granddaughter writes about and works tirelessly for conservation in Africa.

Each episode or part, takes an intimate look at 'man's place in nature', from a 100 years ago and today, from the common crane migration from Sweden to Ethiopia, shoebills and elephants in Tanzanian swamps, Indian rhinos along the border of Bhutan, and bearded vultures in the Himalayas – these thoughtful stories glance into where we find ourselves today on our planet – our beautiful globe…crisscrossed with the invisible lines of bird sky-paths.

Shot in 4K, this unique adventure travel - personal journey - historical wildlife and conservation series is one-of-a-kind.

Producers: Jake Seal, Erik Godal, Kire Godal, Natasha Illum Berg 
@skypaths the film series

Produced by Original Godal Productions 
Copyright 2018