The Modern Warrior is the third of four documentary films that comprise the CBC Doc Zone series Africa on the Move. This particular episode focuses on two Kenyans who are trying to combine modern success with tradition. Shot and presented in high definition, The Modern Warrior is in my opinion the best of the 3 Africa on the Move shows I have seen. It airs June 10th 2010 at 8 on CBC TV and June 13th at 5 on CBC News Network.
The Modern Warrior's main focus is Moses ole Samante, a Maasai warrior who went to Nairobi as a young man and is now one of a handful of Kenyan owned tour operations. We first meet him giving an African veldt tour to other Maasai who have never seen lions and such.
Moses is a Maasai warrior, a prestige position with the Maasai people. Like the warrior of old who had to provide for the village, Moses must provide for other Maasai whether they are direct family or not. This means sponsoring a soccer team, paying for some kids' education, and buying cows so a young man can give a dowry to his future wife's family.
The documentary keeps insisting on how difficult it is to have a foot in tradition and the other in the 21st century but it is clear Moses ole Samante has no problems whatsoever with this balancing act.
The other focus of this episode is photojournalist Boniface Mwangi. He uses his camera to tell the story of modern Kenya. Documentaries in the Africa on the Move series are always off balance content wise so you do not learn as much about Mwangi. You do get to see the impact his travelling exhibition has and will have on Kenyans.