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2/01/09
The Livingstone Film Company Signs Benjamin A. van der Veen

The Livingstone Film Company has signed Benjamin A. van der Veen to write the screenplay for “Livingstone-An African Legend,” a major motion picture about Dr. David Livingstone, to be filmed in Zambia in 2010.

Known for spreading Christianity, fighting slavery, and exploring uncharted territory in Central Africa during the mid 1800’s, David Livingstone is often considered to be the greatest missionary who ever walked across Africa. 

 Benjamin A. van der Veen recently completed the screenplay for the feature film, “Che” directed by Steven Soderberg that is currently in release. He just returned from scouting locations in Africa where he toured the site near Chitambo’s Village where Livingstone’s heart is buried, as well as Victoria Falls, the famous falls discovered by Livingstone in 1853.

Here Ben stands next to the present Chief Chitambo, the great, great, great Grandson of the original Chief Chitambo, in whose village Livingstone died.


 
From left to right: Rob Mackenzie, author of the book “David Livingstone – The Truth Behind the Legend, Chief Chitambo, Benjamin A. van der Veen, and the film’s director, Gene Massey.
 



Rob Mackenzie, author of the book
“David Livingstone – The Truth Behind
the Legend, and Benjamin A. van
der Veen stand in front of the monument
where Livingstone’s heart is buried.

 

See if you can spot Benjamin A. van der Veen in this video of the Royal Livingstone Hotel in Livingstone, Zambia, site of the world famous Victoria falls:
 
 

 

In this video, Benjamin A. van der Veen discusses his story ideas for the Livingstone film with students from Pepperdine University:
 
 

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