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Film Screening -
"The Last Animals"

The Explorers Club Film Committee and the NY Wild Film Festival cordially invite you to a special screening of the new feature documentary The Last Animals.

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 exposé. As the single-digit population of Northern White Rhinoceros ticks closer to zero, The Last Animals outlines the myriad factors contributing to the current epidemic of highly effective poaching and trafficking syndicates, drawing startling connections between the illegal wildlife trade, drug cartels, international terrorism and border security.

But all is not yet lost. Scientists across the globe use cutting-edge technology to apprehend criminals and save threatened species. In Europe and San Diego, geneticists race to reproduce the Northern Whites using IVF and stem cell technology. In Seattle, a forensic expert uses DNA-testing to trace seized ivory back to the killing fields and the criminal networks behind the trade. And in Kenya, an ivory kingpin is finally put on trial—but will he be brought to justice?

In her directorial debut, Kate Brooks documents these other heroic efforts to save precious species in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.



Kate Brooks (director/producer/writer) is an American photojournalist who has chronicled conflict and human-rights issues for nearly two decades. Following 9/11, she moved to Pakistan to photograph the impact of U.S. foreign policy and spent the next 10 years covering conflict across the Middle East. The recipient of numerous international awards, Brooks regularly publishes her photographs in American and European magazines and exhibits her work in galleries and museums. Her introspective collection of essays and photographs, In the Light of Darkness: A Photographer’s Journey After 9/11, was selected as one of the best photography books of 2011.

Her passion for filmmaking was sparked as a contributing cinematographer in Afghanistan on The Boxing Girls of Kabul, which won the Inspirit Foundation Pluralism Prize at Hot Docs (Toronto) and a Canadian Screen Award. In 2012-13, Brooks was awarded a Knight Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan. There she researched the pan-African poaching epidemic before embarking on directing The Last Animals.

Date: Wednesday, April 18

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price: $5 with a valid ID at the door

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