“Follow the Zebra”
focuses on the lives behind the front lines of the gemstone mining trade in Tanzania—these small scale miners who tirelessly dig the unforgiving, rocky
ground that for them holds the only hope of a better future for themselves and their families.
You can purchase the film HERE
Here is the official synopsis:
The rare and captivating beauty of a gemstone is inspiring to many, though few are aware of the toils of the brave men who dig them from the rocky and
unforgiving ground. Filmmaker Philippe Brunot leads us to the heart of Tanzania to unveil the secluded profession of the gem seeker.
The gemstone trade is divided into several stages, from the discovery of the stone to its marketing in jewelry stores. The middlemen, in order to
preserve the viability of their role within this trade, refuse to provide foreigners with direct access to the mining camps. Yet by following of a clan
of intrepid explorers, led by renowned gemologist Vincent Pardieu, Philippe Brunot succeeds in traveling to these camps to reveal their precious
Gemstones are at the heart of this inspiring journey that transcends borders. This film documents the tremendous will of miners who risk their lives
uncovering rare gems several hundred meters underground. “Follow the Zebra” gives a peek into their ultimate hopes and dreams; a reminder of what goes
into the value and preciousness of these rare gemstones.
Philippe Brunot, the film’s director, is an independent filmmaker born on the island of Madagascar. Of French origins, Brunot was raised in Madagascar
and the U.S., before receiving his BA from San Francisco State University with a Cinema Studies degree. Brunot resides in Montreal where
he works as a Creative Video Content Advisor at JAX Studio Studios and continues as a film producer & director.
Last year we published a review of the film. Here is an excerpt from that piece by Jared Feldschreiber. You can read the full review HERE
“The beauty of Philippe Brunot’s majestic “Follow the Zebra”, a feature documentary film chronicling the travails
of gem seekers in Tanzania, lies in the writer-producer-director, editor and
cinematographer’s curiosity about how miners and scientists forge an unusual
alliance. Brunot takes the viewer through a kaleidoscopic journey through an
oft-times dangerous terrain. He is
neither a gemologist nor a miner, but a filmmaker – and a fine one indeed.” – Jared Feldschreiber, Indiewire (SydneysBuzz)