NLÉ Works and North East Productions collaborated on a documentary research titled “Learning from Lamu: Water, Urban Transformation and African Heritage” headed by award-winning Nigerian Architect and Urban Researcher Kunlé Adeyemi (Lagos/Amsterdam) and North East Productions founder Azza Satti.
As part of the research project, the documentary focuses on on the effects of the Lamu Port South Sudan- Ethiopian Transportation (LAPSSET) on the environment and cultural heritage of the Lamu archeologie. LAPSSET Port is a 360 billion dollar investment from the Kenyan Government in partnership with China, South Sudan and Ethiopia. The project has been having several clashes with the community which is refusing the large-scale development that displaced farmers and destroyed corals and mangroves.
We followed the progressions of the activists group Save Lamu, which is a coalition of 11 community organizations leading communities in agriculture, fisheries, water, cultural preservation, women’s rights, youth development, to limit and regulate the multi-million dollar port and coal mine development under the Lamu Port South Sudan – Ethiopia Transportation Corridor.