Three years ago Friend of the Wilderness Foundation Ronita Shapiro set out to make a feature film based on our Founder Dr. Ian Player’s book “Zulu Wilderness: Shadow and Soul”.
Nelson Mandela commented on ‘Zulu Wilderness: Shadow and Soul’: “This book is Ian Player’s tribute to Magqubu Ntombela and the remarkable friendship which grew in the wild. Their relationship and their commitment not only to each other but also to the conservation of wilderness is a shining example of the spirit of the people of this country”.

Ronit tells us the project has been developing tremendously well with great support from friends, family and amazingly also from people whom she has never met but who admire Dr. Player’s work and are deeply concerned about the poaching situation in Africa, the deteriorating state of our planet and issues around human tolerance. This great support and the knowledge that so many would like to see this project coming to fruition is massively encouraging and keeps her focused.
Ronit says:
“So far, I have been funding the development of this massive project on my own with the great support of my husband.  It actually became a ‘family affair’ as my kids are also very involved in the whole process. Their knowledge and passion for the story is incredible. My family gives me lots of inspirational ideas and we all share in the development of what is a very important and fulfilling project, though sometimes greatly challenging. I am now at the stage where I need to start rising finance for the project, in particular in the very immediate future, within the next two weeks!!! I need to raise £2,500 to complement funding for the filming of Dr. Ian Player this July 15-18.  I am self-funding some elements of this shoot but need help with funding to hire and pay for a camera man, sound man, equipment, crew expenses etc.”
Ronit is seeking financial support to get the film project underway.    In return for your kind contribution, donors will receive a thank you in the trailer credits but more importantly, you will be contributing overall to the production of an incredible film and a long-lasting audience engagement program.
While the film is being developed as a commercial venture by One Nature Films, of which Ronit is CEO and Founder, a share of any proceeds will be donated to The Wilderness Foundation in support of our continuing work, inspired by Dr. Player who remains to this day an advocate of Wilderness and a guardian of the African rhino population.
Download a copy of Ronit’s trailer flyer here (pdf)
If you wish to contribute please complete the form below:
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