A Fossilized Moment of Doubt

A Fossilized Moment of Doubt is an experimental documentary that takes place at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. This location has stood as the most productive fossil site for the excavation of early human remains in the twentieth century. For more than thirty years the Leakey family worked at this site and created the narrative of human evolution that is know today. Since their death the site has remained open for scientific work as well as tourism. The film explores the impact of the Leakey’s legacy to the region through another family that has lived in the area for generations. This family has become the part of a “caretaking” team that administers the site. Although trained by the Leakey’s in the theory of human evolution the caretakers live a life dictated mainly by local traditions. This dual existence provides a unique voice that speaks to the positive and negative effects of the Leakey’s inhabiting the geographical and metaphorical space of the Gorge. Though this postcolonial re-framing of history emerges questions of truth, desire and belonging.