The first film in the Turkana Conversations trilogy is a multifaceted portrait of Lorang, the head of the homestead and one of the important senior men of the Turkana. Because they are relatively isolated and self-sufficient, most Turkana (including Lorang’s son) see their way of life continuing unchanged into the future. But Lorang thinks otherwise, for he has seen something of the outside world. “Lorang’s Way” is a study of a man who has come to see his society as vulnerable and whose traditional role in it has been shaped by that realization. The film explores Lorang’s personality and ideas through his conversations with the filmmakers, the testimony of his friends and relatives, and observation of his behavior with his wives, his children, and men of his own age and status.
David MacDougall is an ethnographic filmmaker, scholar, and writer on cinema, the social sciences, and education. His first feature-length document, To Live With Herds, filmed in Uganda, won the Grand Prix Venezia Genti at the Venice Film Festival in 1972. Soon after, he and Judith produced the famous “Turkana Conversations” trilogy on semi-nomadic camel herders of northwestern Kenya. They then made a dozen films on indigenous communities in Australia.
Judith has made more than a dozen documentary films in Africa and Australia with her husband David MacDougall, and more recently, has worked alone with digital video in India and China. She has also taught film and video production courses in the USA, Europe, and China.