ABOUT ROADTRIP NIGER
Ned and Benedicte Clark, a married couple, go to Niger to visit Leslie Clark, Ned’s aunt, and the founder of The Nomad Foundation. Bringing their friend, Cooper Bates, the three of them commence a 4-week journey into the poorest, hottest and most remote place you can think of. This is a place completely unlike anything most Westerners get to experience in their lifetime.
This 70 minute film takes the audience along on an incredible journey, where no one is allowed to travel without special permits and security team. They make friends with
Nomadic tribes members, for whom owning a cow literally determines whether they live or die. They travelled with the Tuaregs who spent years in the desert dunes, fighting the dictatorial government during the rebellions.
In the Timia Oasis, once a flourishing tourist destination, Benedicte promises the Chief that she will do anything in her power to help promote travel to Niger, and restore the country to the status it once had: A hospitable country with a booming tourist industry. She tells him, that she will create a film which shows Niger in all its beauty, joyousness and unique, traditional artistry.
While our group did not originally go to Niger with this purpose, it becomes pertinent for Benedicte to make a difference in the lives of the Tuareg nomads and raise awareness about this forgotten country. Road Trip Niger is the fruits of this effort.
Benedicte released her second film, The Old Spanish Trail in 2018.
A film about three old men riding the Old Spanish Trail 1200 miles from Los Angeles to Santa Fe. A film featuring Jim Clark, Ned's father, traveling in the footsteps of Freemont and Carson.
For more information visit: TheOldSpanishTrailFilm
For more information about The Nomad Foundation,
Thanks to De Wolfe Music for a wonderful library of music, in
addition to music by Hasso Akotey, Alhassane Foungounou,
Roger Kellaway and Ned Clark.
Soundmix by Greg Hall
Written by Louise Rosager
Editor Randy Ross & Benedicte Schoyen
Still Photography Cooper Bates & Leslie Clark
Graphics/Map animation Hans Peter Mills
Voiceover Jessica Tuck
Director & Photography Benedicte Schoyen
Born To Play Productions
2621 Pico Blvd. Unit K
SANTA MONICA, CA 90405
Tel: 310 498 4786
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