Nthomiwa: A new generation of nature filmmakers

Trailblazing: Nthomiwa out in the field PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
Trailblazing: Nthomiwa out in the field PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

Ever since the cameras replaced hunting guns, natural history filmmakers have produced great films from Botswana’s incredible wilderness. But the industry is dominated by foreigners who also happen to be white and male. However, Gaokgonwe Seetsele Nthomiwa, 25, is breaking down barriers, trailblazing through it as the only black filmmaker working in the Okavango Delta.

Nthomiwa is currently working as a videographer at Natural History Film Unit (NHFU). It has been two years living in the wilderness and his name already features in the credits of the Netflix Originals film titled Surviving Paradise: A Family Tale, which was released last week.

At their base camp at Mokolwane Camp in the NG29, the young man recounts his journey from Gaborone West to one of the ‘incredible offices’ in the world.

Editor's Comment
A step in the right direction

That is indeed a welcome development, especially looking at the fact that the manual way of doing things is slowly disappearing and competency in the use of computers and other digital gadgets has become a must.The simple way of looking at it is just an example that almost all companies have gone completely digital and school leavers will be better placed after leaving school, because they will already be familiar with the use of computers.The...

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