Kifaru | Denver Film Society | David Hambridge | Kenya

Kifaru

David Hambridge

African/Af. Amer, Animals, Environmental

EnglishKenya201982 min

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Overview

Sudan, a northern white rhinoceros and the last male of his species, made headlines around the globe when he died last year at the age of 45. The bleak news was lamented—and then forgotten—from afar, but for three of his human caretakers, the last years of Sudan’s life at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya were deeply personal.


This emotional chronicle follows rookies JoJo and Jacob as they join the team of veteran caretaker James. They inevitably bond with their charge, but beyond their obvious affection for Sudan lies the thorny fact that they depend on him for their livelihoods. Though the animal has survived years of captivity at a Czech zoo as well as attacks by poachers (he’s under round-the-clock armed protection, and his horns have been clipped to deter hunters), there’s no escape from old age; when it takes him, so will it take their ability to provide for their families.


The last days of Sudan’s life—from meeting with adorable rhino calf Ringo and jauntily trotting after brandished carrots to his heart-wrenching final moments—are captured onscreen with an unusual immediacy in director David Hambridge’s first feature documentary.

Producer: Andrew Harrison Brown, David Hambridge | Editor: Andrew Harrison Brown | Cinematographer: David Hambridge
Cast: James Mwenda, Joseph 'JoJo' Wachira
Additional Countries: Hong-Kong, USA