Telling science stories can difficult. Filming stories about livestock science can be particularly challenging. Cows may 'moo' so loudly that researchers can’t hear themselves talk. Biting safari ants may run up people’s legs. And microphones may stop working just as VIPs start to make their presentations. This film shares some of such ILRI 'bloopers', edited over the last 3 years in a (probably) inconsequential attempt to forewarn future interviewees of the various risks involved in filming livestock specialists.
Today's science and development issues are complex, often involving multiple international players, yet demanding local solutions. Increasingly, many acknowledge that such local solutions can best be summed up and communicated by showing local people talking in their own surroundings, especially in a world where few outside the research communities have the time or expertise to assess raw data. In this setting, science and development documentaries fill a vital role.The film department at ILRI (the International Livestock Research Institute) therefore aims to widen understanding of important topics that face pro-poor agricultural research in livestock issues, so removing one stumbling-block to the quick up-take of new technologies among those who could benefit most.