The Edge of Existence

Duration: 88 minutes
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A Black Bean Productions independent documentary that aims to explore the complex topic of human-wildlife conflict in Africa.
The Edge of Existence is a long-format documentary, set in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti, that sets out to uncover and document the untold story of human-wildlife conflict in Africa. Human-wildlife conflict is a global issue that has reached crisis levels, threatening the survival of both humans and wild animals. There are communities living alongside wildlife in some of the last remaining wilderness areas on earth. These wilderness areas have started disappearing because of expanding human development, deforestation, and depletion of natural resources, which has left humans and wildlife living in closer proximity than ever before. The conflict arises as a result of the competition for limited space and resources between communities and wildlife. The situation is dire, and if it is not addressed urgently, it will have a catastrophic effect on the environment and on communities that live alongside wild animals daily. The Edge of Existence aims to tell the story of key characters on the ground in the Serengeti who face daily challenges as they struggle to coexist with Africa’s wildlife. We show it from their eyes and hear their point of view on this topic. Our hope is that this film is not only engaging and entertaining to watch but that it will educate people around the world about the magnitude of this issue – helping to uncover solutions, connect communities, conservation authorities, and governments around the world. Through our work on this film, we have had the privilege of working with the Grumeti Fund (, who are committed to creating a world in which both people and wildlife can live together sustainably. Grumeti Fund works tirelessly to protect, manage, and monitor the Grumeti concessions in the Western Serengeti, where they play an active role in wildlife conservation and community development. Partners in this film: Banovich Studios ( and Grumeti Fund ( With special thanks to the Cline, Madden, and Brown families.
Content Warnings: Mild Action, Animal Cruelty
Genres: Documentary
Studio: Black Bean Productions
From: ZA, TZ
Produced In: TZ
Key Crew: Sam SuterSacha SpeckerOli CaldowRonet van der WaltBenjamin HaskinsLeon VisserLauren CawleySavannah Lee-WardenKeenan FergusonNaude HeunisBrett WegenerGarth KingwillZee Muller

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