To the nomadic Fulani people of West Africa, cattle define life, and the search for pasture dominates their existence. Once a year they travel en masse to cross the great Niger river in Mali and feed their herds on the rich bourgou grass on the other side. But now one of the most sophisticated technological organisations in the world, NASA, is helping the Fulani in their constant quest to find new pasturelands.
Director Chris Walker’s elegaic new documentary shows the space agency’s preparations to launch the NOAA satellite that will be able to give the herdsmen new information about pasture for their cows – and so help preserve their fragile environment. An educational version for children, this half hour film contrasts scenes of the herders lining up their herds to swim across the Niger with stunning shots of the earth taken from space.