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The Filmmakers


For the Kenyan rhino caretakers whose livelihoods depend on the last male northern white rhino in the world, each day brings the fear that it may be his last.

The Filmmakers


For the Kenyan rhino caretakers whose livelihoods depend on the last male northern white rhino in the world, each day brings the fear that it may be his last.

THE FILMMAKERS

 

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DAVID HAMBRIDGE 

DIRECTOR

David is an award winning commercial + documentary filmmaker currently based in North Carolina, USA.  He began filming 'The Last Male Standing' following a successful Kickstarter campaign in May of 2015.  His approach towards documentary work lies in evoking emotion within the highly intimate moments that the characters share with the audience.

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JESSE PADDOCK

WRITER

Jesse is a writer & adjunct professor at University of North Carolina's School of Journalism.  He carries over a decade’s experience as an editor in nonfiction storytelling. In May 2016, Jesse joined the production as a an editor + additional cinematographer being present for the most formative parts of the film's narrative.

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AMI VITALE

Consulting Producer

Ami is a Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic photographer.  She has traveled to more than 90 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit.  Ami has lent her knowledge, story advisement, and spirit to the production in ways immeasurable. 

"We will be the last caretakers to have looked after the northern white rhinos."
- James Mwenda
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SETTING


"We heard a baby cry in the bush, he could barely stand.  So I was the first to feed him.  From that point on, we were inseparable.  Ringo thinks I am his 'papa'."

- JoJo

SETTING


"We heard a baby cry in the bush, he could barely stand.  So I was the first to feed him.  From that point on, we were inseparable.  Ringo thinks I am his 'papa'."

- JoJo

 

LOCATION

The future for Northern White Rhinos is bleak: there are only 3 left in the world. All three live at Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy, in Nanyuki Kenya. Of these, only one is male; his name is Sudan and he is 43 years old — an old man in a species with a lifespan of roughly forty years. Sudan is carefully looked after day night by a team of rhino caretakers, including one in particular, a man named Jacob. But as Jacob sees it, caring for Sudan is more than a job — it's his life's work. It gives him purpose and his family's livelihood depends on it. 

When a baby southern white rhino is found quivering deep in the bush at Ol Pejeta, he is brought into the confines of the Morani Center where the rhino caretakers will raise him as an orphan. He is named 'Ringo Starr' and quickly becomes the conservancy’s star by attracting new visitors and winning over the hearts of people around the world.  One of these whose hearts stolen is Joseph's, a young rhino caretaker who gives the reliant rhino artificial milk when he whines and assuringly tucks him to sleep each night. Most notably effected by the newcomer is Sudan, experiencing a dramatic behavior improvement when the youthful rhino fumbles around him, scratching his budding horn against anything with texture. Sudan teaches him the ways of being a rhino, and moves to sleep in the neighboring corner of his pen so he can be close to Ringo each night.

With hopes at an all-time high for the future of rhinos at Ol Pejeta, tragedy befalls the conservancy as Ringo becomes ill, succumbing to the stacked odds of being an orphaned rhino. The loss of Ringo delivers an enormous blow to all caretakers, staff, and social media followers around the world.  Joseph mourns the loss with the motivational help of his closest friend James, a bright young Kenyan conservation voice at Ol Pejeta.  With Jacob, Joseph, and James all facing the reality of Sudan alone again, their days become increasingly uncertain.  As their families grow, so do the anxieties of providing for them.  Finding faith in a future that depends on an animal that has been coined as "The Ambassador of Extinction' may be hard to believe in.

How long will the last male northern white rhino remain standing in the world?  And more importantly, what will happen when he's gone?

 

 
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THE LAST MALE STANDING is supported by Southern Documentary Fund (501c3).   20% of all donations go back into IVF efforts to save the northern white rhinos.

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Every time Sudan looks at us, it's like we are looking at extinction dead in the face.

- James Mwenda

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Every time Sudan looks at us, it's like we are looking at extinction dead in the face.

- James Mwenda