The fires around Knysna have been the most devastating in recent history of South Africa. Thousands have lost their homes and the damage is calculated to be in the billions. The loss of forest and wildlife is still uncounted.

When my colleague Patrick Brown and I were driving past the fires, we knew that we couldn’t just go back home and forget about what we saw. We were amazed how the people in the affected areas are coping with the situation and decided to capture their stories in a film.

Rising From The Ashes is a self-funded documentary that is currently in production.


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Sam W. Muehlemann & Patrick Brown


(Source: Makayla McGavery Photography)