Film featuring male northern white rhino, two caretakers premiers in US

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino and her caretaker at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuki. [File, Standard]
A film featuring Sudan, the last male northern white rhino is set to premiere in US Film festivals over the weekend.

The film, Kifaru, directed by a US cinematographers David Hambridge and Andrew Harrison Brown will be screened at the Slamdance Film festivals in Utah State from Sunday, January 27 to January 30.

The film, which is already eliciting positive reactions from conservationists across the world is featuring the life of Sudan with his two caretakers. The film trails the lives of the Kenyan rangers recruited to take care of Sudan at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuki.

“Spanning over the course of the caretaker’s first four years on the job, Kifaru allows viewers to experience the joys and pitfalls of conservation firsthand through the lens of these men and view extinction in real-time,” a synopsis of the film reads.

According to Screen Anarchy, a film site, the film will confront the reality on extinction. “As a genre-focused film site, we are more eager to watch a wild white rhino creating mayhem in outrageous and unbelievable action sequences on the big screen, rather than confronting the reality of the extinction of the last male white rhino. Yet a new film that will debut at the Slamdance Film Festival in the coming days is far more brave about it,” screenanarchy.com said.

In July, Ol Pejeta Conservancy said the film was one of those ‘close to their hearts,’

“There have been news features and films made about Sudan in the last decade. But there is one particularly close to our hearts. For the last three years, we have been working closely with filmmaker David Hambridge to tell the story of Sudan through the lives of those that cared for him on a daily basis,” Ol Pejeta noted

The conservancy said the film, The Last Male Standing, was set to be released this year.

“It is a feature film that journeys beyond the global headlines that have accumulated around Sudan, and explores the painful emptiness of extinction through the eyes of Sudan’s three caregivers,” the conservancy said. Mellisa Singleton, one of the reviewers said Kifaru, is set to be an eye opener on conservation of critically endangered rhinos.

In the trailer, James Mwenda, one of the caretakers is seen singing the hymn Amazing Grace to Sudan while eating hay before he gives him a mud bath.

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