Also screening in the Scotiabank Big Ideas Series.
There are only five northern white rhinos left on Earth. Slaughtered for their horns’ alleged medicinal qualities—with the black-market value of rhino horn exceeding that of cocaine—these animals teeter on the brink of extinction. Elephants in Central Africa risk a similar fate due to global demand for jewellery and carvings made from their tusks. Filmmaker and photojournalist Kate Brooks tells the story of the courageous individuals working against time and increasingly dangerous criminal syndicates to save the planet’s last animals. From rangers and military soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who risk their lives fighting poachers, to a zoo in the Czech Republic that goes to all lengths to keep the Northern Whites alive, to a FBI-like investigator in Seattle who tracks seized ivory DNA, extraordinary work is being done. But will it be enough? Myrocia Watamaniuk