African Cowboys is a documentary film about herdsmen making a living from cattle treks along the famous "Nationale One" through the wilderness of the Congo. Directors Marc Hoogsteyns and Claudine Thirion packed their gear and followed the cowboys during their long march.
The cattle sets out from Kamina (Congo). A group of about forty herdsmen guide 500 cows and bulls along the 500 miles of the once famous «Nationale One». For twenty consecutive days, these African cowboys work their way over the wildest grounds Congo has to offer. They take great pride in their task: making sure that the trek ends well and all animals arrive safe and sound at their final destination.
Under the guidance of trail boss «Simon» they confront the difficulties of the African climate, the dust, the exhaustion after driving the herd for 20 miles a day over non-existent roads and the many dangers to be found during the crossing of the Katangese plains. Directors Marc Hoogsteyns and Claudine Thirion packed their gear and followed the cowboys during their long march. This film is a tribute to the courage and the lust-for-life of these men who - in spite of the harsh circumstances - never give up.
Original Title: SAFARI YA NGOMBE
Directors: MARC HOOGSTEYNS, CLAUDINE THIRION
Production Company: CONGOO.TV
Release Date: TBA