Private Project


‘Mutinda’ is the transformational story of Kenya’s once most wanted poacher, Mutinda Ndivo. After a life of killing treasured animals and running from the authorities, a decisive moment occurred that changed him forever. Mutinda is now an award-winning wildlife protector, working as a conservation ranger for Big Life Foundation's Dog Unit. ‘Mutinda’ is an inspiring story of legacy, transformation and recognizing the potential good in those who may have been forced into a life of transgression.

  • Ryan Wilkes
    Fly The Roof
  • Harry Seagar
    Fly The Roof
  • Mutinda Ndivo
    Key Cast
  • Francis Legei
    Key Cast
  • Michael Mateyko
    Director of Illustration
  • The National Film Board of Canada
    Produced in Association with
  • Big Life Foundation
    Produced in Association with
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Conservation, Wildlife, documentary
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Swahili
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Canterbury
  • Pridelands Wildlife Film Festival
    July 9, 2022
    World Premiere
    Honourable Mention
Director Biography - Ryan Wilkes

Ryan Wilkes is an emerging documentary cinematographer and director, and holds a PhD in Bioengineering. Through documenting adventurous pursuits, new discoveries, and conservation-related endeavors, Ryan enjoys exploring the relationship between people and the natural world. His passion for filmmaking was born when he moved to New Zealand to pursue his PhD at the University of Canterbury. Inspired by the beautiful scenery around him, he and his camera became regulars in the backcountry of the South Island. Since then, Ryan’s adventures have included swimming with humpback whales in Tonga, exploring the remote fjords of northern Norway, tracking mountain gorillas in the impenetrable forest of Uganda, and paragliding off of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro. His first adventure documentary, Fly The Roof, won a People's Choice Award at the 2021 VIMFF. Ryan was a 2021 Jackson Wild Media Lab fellow and a 2021 Being Black in Canada filmmaker.

Producer Biography - Harry Seagar

Harry Seagar is a Director and Producer of media from Aotearoa New Zealand. He is dedicated to raising awareness of global environmental and social change through his entrepreneurial productions. By using his experience within the creative sector to provoke thought and change into the minds of many, he’s now produced award-winning adventure and educational content around the world, from Antarctica to Africa. In 2021 he was a double Impact Award Semi-Finalist.

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