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The Last Male on Earth

Floor van der Meulen, 72 min

Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, 2019

The Last Male on Earth

The last male specimen of a rare rhinoceros is surrounded by a human tragicomedy. 

There is only one male northern white rhino left in the world, and his days are numbered. His name is Sudan, and after 42 years on this planet he has lived his - and his species' - life to the very end. Protected from poachers by armed bodyguards around the clock, but also surrounded by journalists, tourists with selfie sticks, and scientists who are determined to find a way to reproduce him before it's too late. A difficult topic served in a light and elegant, but serious form. For even though the irony of man's (self)destructive dominance on earth has become clear to most people, Sudan stands heavily and majestically in the midst of it all, like a mirror image of our own megalomania. Floor van der Meulen's debut film testifies to an extraordinary talent for balancing the many parallel narratives of the rhinoceros Sudan's last days and in the human tragicomedy that unfolds around him.

Director: Floor van der Meulen
Country: Netherlands, Belgium, Germany
Year: 2019
Running time: 72 min
Dialogue: English, Swahili, German, Italian
Series: NEXT:WAVE AWARD
Category: Science
Tags: Biology&Nature Animals
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Producer: Renko Douze, Hasse van Nunen
Production Company: Een van de jongens
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