The Hadza: Last of the First
The last remaining true hunter-gatherers and the grave challenges they face to their way of life
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Bill Benenson (Director/Producer) is best known for his award-winning documentary Dirt! The Movie. In addition to his recent The Hadza: Last of the First, Bill is currently working on a documentary about the search for a lost Pre-Columbian city in Central America using LIDAR technology, work for which he was awarded the prestigious Leading Global Thinkers Award from Foreign Policy magazine and garnered expansive media coverage. Bill, who served in the Peace Corps in Brazil, is a passionate environmentalist and supporter of The Nature Conservancy, The Natural Resources Defense Council, Conservation International, Bioneers, Rainforest Action Network, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Since first encountering the Hadza while on safari in 2004, Bill Benenson knew he wanted to make a film about this extraordinary people. When he returned to the Rift Valley in 2010 and began shooting, he discovered drastic changes had occurred in only a few short years, and the Hadzas ancient way of life was now being threatened into near extinction by a variety of national and international pressures. Benenson felt that by bringing the world's attention to the Hadzas remarkable way of life, and revealing their current plight, he could help save the land that theyve occupied sustainably for at least 50,000 years. Through his lifelong philanthropy and filmmaking endeavors, Bill has sought to preserve the planet for future generations, and hopes the film will serve as a call to action to protect the last link to the way we all once lived.