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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Kifaru - 2019 Slamdance Film Festival Documentary Review


The Documentary: Kifaru

The Director: David Hambridge

The Story: Kifaru allows viewers to experience the joys and pitfalls of conservation firsthand through the lens of the men that look into the eyes of extinction on a daily basis.


The Review:
Humans have killed off 60% of the wildlife on planet earth. Greed is the main culprit. The Northern White Rhino has been facing extinction for some time and a film like this is essential in documenting the efforts being made by conservationists to prevent what seems like the inevitable outcome. Film maker David Hambridge spent four years with a team of rangers who acted as caretakers of a rhino known as Sudan, the last northern white rhino male and came away with a beautifully crafted documentary that we can use to educate ourselves about species that are dying off around the world.

I can see why this film has been winning awards (Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Documentary Feature at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival) as it is a truly emotional journey from beginning to end and something that will stick with you for a long time. Focusing on the rangers as they care for the rhino was a great way to humanize the story and Hambridge does a great job showing the relationships between everyone involved, including the rhinos, and they families as well.

Also of note is the cinematography, also credited to Hambridge, which is absolutely stunning. I mean, to be fair, when your working with the backdrops provided by some of the skylines in Sudan, you're already a leg up, but seriously, this is some truly beautiful work. From start to finish, Kifaru is a well rounded documentary that will entertain, educate, and inspire anyone who is fortunate enough to watch it.




This Teacher is an official selection of 2019 Slamdance Film Festival.

TwoOhSix.com coverage of the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival.





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