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Volume 4, Issue 74  |  September 13, 2019


Breaking Their Silence: Women on the Frontline of the Poaching War premieres at NB Film Festival

Breaking Their Silence: Women on the Frontline of the Poaching War premieres at the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF), examining wildlife poaching through the female lens. The passion project of Hollywood filmmaker Kerry David, whose focus is to prevent the extinction of elephants, rhinos, pangolins and other animals, will be screened on Saturday, April 27 at 5:15 p.m. at The Triangle with a second screening on Monday, April 29 at 2:30 p.m. at The Lot.

David made this anti-poaching film through the lens of women, highlighting extraordinary females in the film who are risking their lives every day to save animals from extinction.

Breaking Their Silence Kerry filmmaker

Photos courtesy of Kerry David

Kerry David’s film on the poaching war premieres April 27 at NBFF

This is the first documentary to explore the poaching crisis from the perspective of courageous women who are making a difference. Through innate EQ and street savvy, David was able to secure unprecedented access to activists and remote conservation sites – many of which operate under the cover of secrecy for their safety and the safety of the animals.

Samplings of the extraordinary women featured in the film include:

Petronel Nieuwoudt: Formerly a captain in the South African police force, Nieuwoudt left her career to pursue a different line of justice – protecting rhinos. She built one of the most successful rhino orphanages in Africa which rehabilitates those that can be, and finds forever homes for those that cannot. She is part of an underground collective that combats poaching attacks preemptively through a network of undercover intelligence ops.

Breaking Their Silence Kerry with rhino

Kerry David kissing a rhino

Marume Nene: Thus Zulu woman is an endangered species monitor working at ground zero on a private game reserve in Kwa Zulu Natal. She is the only black woman holding this position. She is also a lesbian, saving up to marry her future wife.

Nomusa Zikhali: She started Nkomo Primary School after spending many years walking 10km each way to school with a group of children. Zikhali is also the first Zulu woman ever to divorce her husband.

–Ansie Venter: She is a prosecutor with a 100 percent conviction rate. Formerly specializing in crime syndicates and mob-related injustices, Venter now solely handles rhino poaching crimes. As a woman in a dangerous world where she holds immense power, she’s been beaten, threatened and betrayed.

–Hong Hoang: Hoang is a Vietnamese wildlife conservationist and environmental activist. President Obama recently named her one of his “Inspirational Leaders of 2018.” She is known for being the first Vietnamese woman ever to walk in the Antarctic.

–Inge Lotter: Lotter paid the highest price: her husband Wayne Lotter’s murder. She still has not been contacted by any official from Tanzania about his death.

In addition to premiering at the Newport Beach Film Festival, Breaking Their Silence: Women on the Frontline of the Poaching War is an Official Selection of the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival.

Breaking Their Silence Kerry with wolf

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Affection between Kerry David and a wolf

David is a multiple award-winning producer and director who has spent the past 20 years working on feature films and documentaries in Hollywood. Two and a half years working at Paramount Pictures led to three years working for Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman on projects that include Mission Impossible 2, Without Limits, Portrait of a Lady, Peacemaker, Practical Magic, The Blue Room and Eyes Wide Shut with Stanley Kubrick. She started her own production company in 2000, and in the ensuing years produced multiple projects including, Agent Cody Banks 1 and 2, My Date with Drew, Like Dandelion Dust, Seeking Happily Ever After, Perfect Romance, Deposing the Usual Suspects, Making Miles, The Miles Davis Story and Bill Coors: The Will to Live

For tickets to Kerry David’s films, visit these links: https://newportbeachfilmfest.tix.com/m/Event.aspx?EventCode=1131644 and https://newportbeachfilmfest.tix.com/m/Event.aspx?EventCode=1131583.

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