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MoveMe South Africa

In the heartwarming and inspiring tale of creating "Abundant Village," an American woman seeks solace and purpose in the vast landscapes of rural South Africa, leaving behind the toxic world of Hollywood. Here, she discovers not only the raw talent and indomitable spirit of the local community but also an unbreakable and rare connection with the Shangaan King.

United by compassion and courage, the unlikely duo embarks on a transformative journey to bring hope to those living amidst immense hardships. Together, they co-found "Abundant Village," a visionary concept focused on sustainable solutions for basic human needs and empowering women who have long been marginalized.

Drawing strength from the wisdom of local leaders, they set out to rebuild struggling communities, fight against rampant poaching, and dismantle organized crime. Through their unwavering commitment to human connection, they discover a shared purpose in protecting not only people but also animals and the planet itself.

MoveMe South Africa is a riveting story of spirit and justice, proving that individuals from different worlds can unite to uplift and empower others. As the bonds between cultures and backgrounds are forged, the project becomes a beacon of hope, illustrating the remarkable impact human compassion can have on transforming lives and building a brighter future for all.

  • Briana Evigan
    Director
  • Maynard Kraak
    Director
    The Last Victims
  • Briana Evigan
    Writer
  • Molly Birchmore
    Writer
  • Briana Evigan
    Producer
  • Stuart Newton
    Producer
  • Briana Evigan
    Key Cast
    Step Up 2, From Dusk Till Dawn, S. Darko, Burning Bright, She loves me not, Longmire, Sorority Row, ToY
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    56 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
  • Language:
    English, Tonga (Zambia)
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS
    LAS VEGAS
    United States
    BEST DOC, BEST WOMAN FILMMAKER
Director Biography - Briana Evigan, Maynard Kraak

Passionate about using her voice for good, actor Briana Evigan has been on a quest to give a voice to the voiceless, shine a light on darkness and create a positive impact.

She co-founded MoveMe Studio, a woman-led production company creating inspiring media that compels action. MoveMe is re-imagining the way media is produced and how audiences engage by sharing the net profits in a meaningful way with the people, communities, and regions where the media is created. MoveMe productions share the stories of those who are often overlooked.

The first project at MoveMe Studios is CHARLIE, an inspiring film focused on the illicit world of animal trafficking and anti-poaching efforts in the South African bush. The engagement model for the movie will include an 8-episode docuseries, MoveMe South Africa, focusing on the treasure, talents, and tales of Bushbuckridge, a community near the border of the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Briana has a successful career in film, TV, music, and dance. Her first foray into Hollywood was everyone’s favourite dance film Step Up 2: The Streets. She then came back for the reinstalment to close out the multi-million dollar franchise Step Up 5: All In. She also played starring roles in several other films for Netflix, Lionsgate, Summit entertainment and Disney IMBD.

Her TV career includes starring in Season 2, From Dusk Till Dawn for Robert Rodriguez and Quinten Tarantino, Jerry Bruckheimer’s Trooper and TNT’s acclaimed drama Longmire. She’s been called a scream queen and an indie darling, starring in ToY and Love Is All You Need, where she received Best Actor accolades. A few other credits include She Loves Me Not, starring Cary Elwes, and Rites of Passage, starring Wes Bentley and Christian Slater.

Enjoying her new life between Zimbabwe and South Africa making a meaningful impact, her commitment to transforming human connection and animal welfare has put her on the front lines, fighting the animal trade, protecting Africa’s land and the people that live on it.

Through MoveMe Studio and their NGO called Abundant Village, she is teaming up with Akashinga, an all-female, anti-poaching team of more than 300 highly trained women, to bring a resource-rich set of sustainable solutions providing water, food, and energy security, education, housing, health care, and job opportunities to their local communities. Each village will be run locally and generate enough income to cover its annual expenses. The goal is to support hundreds of villages around the world over the next decade.

Briana’s innate sense of duty compelled her to be a part of the solution to the challenges faced by people and the planet; to find a way to bring the resources and networks of the entertainment industry to the world. She has a deep passion for educating the youth and speaking at universities to uplift the human spirit. She has led countless campaigns, fundraisers, and mission trips, all of which have affirmed Briana’s allegiance to animal advocacy, ultimately positioning her as a global voice of authority in this space.

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Director Statement

11 years ago, I travelled to Asia and witnessed the heart-breaking abuse of captive elephants in tourism camps. It brought me home wanting to tell stories differently in the industry. I went to Uganda, then Rwanda trekking through the jungles with the mountain gorillas, studying them, learning, and realising what they represent – Perhaps as a metaphor for humanity in a world in crisis. Their genuine, gentle souls changed my heart, my outlook on life, my direction. I found purpose. I saw the world through a new lens. To me, they became the perfect specimen of innocence, sharing 96% genetic similarities to humans, yet so much contrast in their simple desire to live in peace. Learning about their plight and the poaching crisis in Africa, I started developing the script for Charlie in 2017 an Anti Poaching film to best bring light to this ongoing issue. It has been a difficult reality to face. When we were ready to go the pandemic hit. I still moved to South Africa but couldn't make the film yet so we created the pilot documentary episode MoveMe South Africa for what we hope will become a series so that people can come along for the journey with all the humans I've met along the way. In this process we created our NGO 501C3 Abundant Village.