NOWNESS – Olapa Kingdom

The instinctive paths of the Maasai people

The instinctive paths of the Maasai people
Short documentary commissioned by NOWNESS
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In the Maasai Traditional Village of Oloimugi (Laikipia Region, Central Kenya), life flows in symbiosis with nature.
In this untouched environment, the Maasai people live in a traditional pastoralist way, pasturing the cattle and gathering what nature has to offer. Their diet is based exclusively on milk, blood, and meat. They do not affect the ecosystem and they not produced any waste. Researches have proven that their lifestyle is totally healthy for the body and sustainable for the planet.


An extended 18′ cut titled Oloimugi is currently being screened at film festivals around the world.


Festival Screenings

ITALY – 33rd Bergamo Film Meeting 2015

MEXICO – 6th Festival Internacional de Cine Latinoamericano en Oaxaca 2015

ITALY 23rd Arcipelago Film Festival – Rome 2015

ITALY – Ciampino International Film Fest 2015

ITALY – Palermo International Short Film Festival 2015

POLAND – 14th Ekofilm Festival Nowogard 2016

SPAIN – Rural FilmFest 2016

ITALY Corto Fieno 2016

CHILE – Festival Internacional de Cine Arica Nativa 2016


a film by
Michele Cadei

executive producers: Henry Lloyd-Baker, Nikolaj Belzer Everything is Okay
music by Mark Hodgkin
sound designer / dubbing mixer: Ania Przygoda
additional sound editing: Maiken Hansen
colourist: Ludovic Roussaux at Okay Studio
shot at Oloimugi village – Laikipia county, Kenya
18′ UK-Lithuania 2015

Friends of Gillfield Wood

The Friends Of Gillfield Wood are a voluntary organisation formed to protect a small woodland on the outskirts of Sheffield, in the shadow of the mighty Peak District


The Friends Of Gillfield Wood are a voluntary organisation formed to protect a small woodland on the outskirts of Sheffield, in the shadow of the mighty Peak District.

This short documentary was screened at the Awards Ceremony of the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 as part of the ARRI Film Challenge.


Filmed & Directed by Michele Cadei
Produced by Sam Brewster
Executive Producers:
Becky Webb for Sheffield Doc/Fest
Milan Krsljanin for ARRI
Chris & Andy Brewster



Dance video for Tilted by Christine and the Queens – Corey Baker Dance

Dance video for Corey Baker Dance, featuring award-winning dancer William Bracewell (Outstanding male classical performance @ National Dance Awards 2015 ) from Birmingham Royal Ballet. Shot on location at Birmingham Municipal Bank.

Prudent people seek a place wherein to lodge their securities, says an inscription in the vault of the Birmingham Municipal Bank. Built in the early XX century, the place that was a powerful and opulent symbol of faith in capitalism and financial prosperity, but it shut down in 1979. Tilted has been shot there in 2016. A dancer moves through the bones of the now deserted building, only to find sand in the security boxes and hall of the bank as if any trace of wealth and prosperity has now dissolved. The piece is inspired by the financial chaos of our times and it reflects on the transience of property and human life. It was shot in a continuous during which the camera follows the dancer from the archive of the bank, through the vault, up to the deserted main hall. The idea behind the choreography was to take classic ballet out of its traditional setting and push it to an uncommon territory. The choreographer and the dancer experimented both with traditional ballet and contemporary dance moves, developing a device that allows the dancer to achieve a peculiar forward leaning movement. Ature is a collaboration between choreographer Corey Baker and film director Michele Cadei, it was filmed at the Birmingham Municipal Bank and performed by William Bracewell, soloist dancer of the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
At the end of 2016 the video has been published on Youtube as a music video to the track Tilted by Christine and the Queens, receiving over 120 000 views


Filmmaking / Cinematography by Michele Cadei

Choreography / Artistic Direction by Corey Baker

Edited by: Corey Baker, Michele Cadei & Aleksander Mazurkiewicz