About a year ago, we lost Sudan. The world’s last male white northern Rhino died at the age of 45, threatening the extinction of the entire species. Detailing events that take place over 4 years, KIFARU, the award-winning documentary, trails the lives of two young Kenyan recruits that join the Ol Pejeta Conservancy's rhino caretaker unit. These rangers are tasked with the responsibility of taking care of the world’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan. Throughout the feature length documentary, we are able to closely and deeply experience the deep emotional bond that is forged between Sudan and his caretakers as they go through the highs and lows of conservation. While witnessing the extinction of a species unfold before their eyes, Sudan’s caretakers put in their heart and soul into keeping Sudan alive.
“You can never be comfortable losing something that you love.” -KIFARU
While attempts are being made to increase the population of white northern rhinos using artificial methods of conception such as IVF, these attempts are yet to bear any fruit. Yet again, the greed that consumes the human population has resulted in irreversible damage. An entire species has been wiped out while the world sat back and watched. And as such, films such as KIFARU are incredibly important because of the conversations they raise. They force us to acknowledge our reality and while they may not force you to take action, they’ll have you thinking and talking. And that’s a start.
KIFARU is without a doubt a must-see documentary and will leave you with a newfound respect for the northern white rhino caretakers, especially as they strive to protect and conserve the last two remaining northern white rhinos. Don’t miss out on the Kenyan premiere of KIFARU on the 24th of August at the Trademark Hotel. The premier will include a meet and great with the team of caregivers that cared for Sudan until his final days and the director of KIFARU, David Hambridge. Grab your tickets here.
“A powerfully relatable and emotional arc…” — The Hollywood Reporter