The Last Animals – A Film by Kate Brooks, Cambridge
The Last Animals – A Film by Kate Brooks
Screening and Discussion with Kate Brooks, Professor Sam Wasser and Professor Bhaskar Vira
Wednesday 23rd May 2018, 5pm, Babbage Lecture Theatre
Conflict photographer Kate Brooks turns her lens from the war zones she is used to covering to a new kind of genocide- the killing of African Elephants and Rhinos- in this sweeping and sobering expose of an underreported crisis. As the single-digit population of Northern White Rhinoceros ticks closer to zero, Brooks outlines the myriad factors contributing to the current epidemic of highly effective poaching and trafficking syndicates, drawing startling connections between the illegal wildlife trade and international terrorism and border security. But all is not yet lost- at the same time, Brooks documents the heroic efforts of conservationists, park rangers, and scientists to protect these animals on the verge of extinction in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The result is a potent plea for worldwide attention and action to combat the permanent loss of these majestic creatures.
The screening is 1.5 hours, following this there will be a Q&A session with the director, Kate Brooks, Professor Sam Wasser, University of Washington, and Professor Bhaskar Vira, Director of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute. We anticipate this session to be around 45 minutes to an hour.