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MEDIA ADVISORY: National Geographic Society Announces U.S. Premiere for “Nkashi: Race for the Okavango” on March 20

Join the National Geographic Society for the U.S. Premiere of Nkashi: Race for the Okavango on March 20th in Washington DC.

Download all press materials HERE (Trailer, poster, bios, and photos)

Following the film’s world premiere in Botswana, the National Geographic Society announced it will host the US premiere of Nkashi: Race for the Okavango in partnership with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (DCEFF) on Monday, March 20, at 7 p.m. ET, at National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium (1600 M St. NW, Washington DC).

Nkashi: Race for the Okavango is a feature-length documentary filmed in Botswana by the National Geographic Society Impact Story Lab, in the Setswana language, in close collaboration with Batswana filmmakers. It shows the triumphs and challenges of three mokoro (dugout canoe) polers, celebrates cultural heritage, and illuminates the importance of protecting the Okavango Delta, one of the most unique wetlands in the world.

As they prepare for the annual Nkashi Classic – a time-trial race that attracts the fastest mokoro polers in the Delta – they also contend with grief, the local impacts of climate change, and the urgency of preserving the tradition of the mokoro and nkashi for the next generation.

The premiere will be followed by a Q&A with:

  • Thalefang Charles, National Geographic Explorer and producer of the film
  • Sarah Joseph, director and producer of the film
  • Dustin Sylvia, producer and editor of the film
  • Moderated by Vanessa Serrao, Vice President, National Geographic Society Impact Story Lab and executive producer of the film


To RSVP, please contact Meg Olson at

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