Director’s Statement From Kerry David

Breaking Their Silence: Women on the Frontline of the Poaching War became my passion after learning of the poaching epidemic and human/wildlife crisis three years ago on a research trip to Africa for @OverAboveAfrica.

I met so many remarkable men dedicating their lives to protecting Africa’s endangered species but very few women. I started to become curious about them. I knew they existed, but where were they and why were they so silent?

It didn’t take long for me to locate one, two, then thirty spectacular women all devoting their lives to preventing this culling pandemic from spreading further. Each woman inspiring me more than the last with her journey and her resolve to protect these beautiful creatures against the very real threat of extinction.

Some of the women I interviewed for Breaking Their Silence have never shared their stories before. Some risk their lives by sharing them at all, but chose to do so anyway. All of them at some time or another have been beaten, raped and/or threatened because of the work they do speaking up for these voiceless creatures whose body parts are sought after for the almighty dollar.

I can’t wait to share their journeys with you - it will be inspirational, it will provide courageous role models for your daughters, you’ll laugh and you’ll cry. But without exception, each one of these women revealed they are grateful to be living their lives with passion and on purpose.

And thanks to their courage in “Breaking Their Silence,” so am I!

 
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