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Kifaru

  • Fenimore Art Museum 5798 State Highway 80 Cooperstown, NY 13326 United States (map)

Speaker: David Hambridge, Director

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Filmmaker David Hambridge’s Kifaru documents the life of one of the last male northern white rhinoceroses left in the world, a creature known as “Sudan,” and two young Kenyan recruits who join a group of rangers dedicated to 24/7 care and protection of Sudan. Kifaru, which literally means rhinoceros in Kiswahili, is simply and directly titled, and its look at extinction is no less direct. The documentary highlights the interdependence of animals and humans intrinsic to wildlife conservation. While Sudan is dependent on the rangers for survival, it’s clear the rangers are also dependent on Sudan. As time begins to run out for the aging animal, one wonders if time is also running out for the scientists and rangers tasked with protecting the species from extinction. It becomes clear that much more than a rhinoceros will be lost if Sudan dies. (David Hambridge, 2019, USA/Sudan, 79 minutes)

DAVID HAMBRIDGE is an Emmy nominated cinematographer and commercial and documentary filmmaker currently based in the US. In 2018, his work on Angelique, a documentary short for CondeNast was nominated for an  Emmy Award for Outstanding Feature Story in a non-fiction newsmagazine. His interest lies in personal, truthful, and highly intimate storytelling. His approach is verité driven that relies heavily on the mutual trust between filmmaker and characters, focusing on the universal truths we all share as humans.  Hambridge’s style is aimed at exposing moments of humanity and vulnerability within his characters – finding the subtle attributes to storytelling that have the ability to transcend cultural barriers and identify with audiences around the world. For the last four years, Hambridge has been traveling back and forth to Ol Pejeta Conservancy at the foot of Mt. Kenya to work on his debut feature-length documentary film Kifaru.

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