KIFARU is a feature-length documentary that follows the lives of two young, Kenyan recruits who join Ol Pejeta Conservancy's rhino caretaker unit - a small group of rangers that protect and care for Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world. Spanning over the course of the caretakers first four years on the job, KIFARU allows viewers to intimately experience the joys and pitfalls of wildlife conservation firsthand through the eyes of these Kenyan rhino caretakers who witness extinction happening in real-time.


“A powerfully relatable and emotional arc...”
— The Hollywood Reporter

FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

Winner, Audience Award - Best Feature Documentary

Winner, Environmental Award Competition - sponsored by IFAW

SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Winner, Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Documentary

Winner, Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary

HOTDOCS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Audience Award Top 20, Documentary Features

Winner, Top Film by Program - Animal Magnetism

MOUNTAINFILM FESTIVAL TELLURIDE

Winner, Moving Mountains Prize

AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

Winner, Special Jury Award for Best Feature Film

RIVERRUN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Winner, Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary

Winner, Special Jury Prize for Best Feature Documentary

FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL

Winner, Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary

INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL

Winner, Best Conservation Film

NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL

Winner, Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary

LIGHTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Winner, Jen Bryceland Award (Best Social and Environmental Documentary)

MENDOCINO FILM FESTIVAL

Winner, Special Jury Award for Best Cinematography

CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Official Selection, Nominee John Marshall Award for Contemporary Ethnographic Media


UPCOMING ABROAD

RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, 27th ANNUAL | LONDON

Nominated for Best Cinematography in Documentary Feature Competition

OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY & HELPING RHINOS | LONDON

Curzon Bloomsbury Cinema, London WC1N 1AW, United Kingdom, Oct 1st & 2nd, 2019 - SOLD OUT EVENT

EAST AFRICAN PREMIERE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY | KENYA

October 24th, 2019 | 6:30 - 10:30pm at the Landmark Theater, Nairobi, Kenya click here to purchase tickets !


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DAVID HAMBRIDGE | DIRECTOR/DP + Producer

David Hambridge is an Emmy® nominated cinematographer & award-winning filmmaker based in the American South.  He began his debut feature-length documentary, KIFARU, in May 2015 following a successful crowdfunding effort. Each trip to Kenya while filming David noticed an incredibly intimate bond between these young rhino caretakers & their beloved rhino, Sudan. As years passed, the concern of Sudan’s became increasingly evident on these men’s faces. Bearing witness to the highs and lows, the KIFARU team was exclusively trusted to document some of the most sensitive & historical moments that surround the extinction of the northern white rhinos.

Five years have passed as David has filmed alongside Ol Pejeta’s rhino caretakers during moments of profound love and loss. By taking an unorthodox approach to the storytelling of KIFARU, David focused on the evolution of these young men’s relationships, livelihoods, and families - all of which are attached to an animal teetering on the edge of extinction. Fundamentally, David believes losing an animal to extinction should not only be experienced by the world, but “it should be felt” too.  With KIFARU, David’s goal is to share that feeling of extinction with a worldwide audience for the first time, and hopefully the last.

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ANDREW HARRISON BROWN | Producer + EDITOR

Andrew Harrison Brown, p.g.a. is an award-winning filmmaker that has traveled the world telling the stories of cultures often overlooked and under-appreciated. As a humanitarian, Andrew stumbled into a film career while working with numerous international non-profit organizations. Through this experience, he witnessed how stories told through images transcended barriers and acted as levers for change.

Prior to producing & editing KIFARU, Andrew produced WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS (Tribeca 2018); Directed by Emmy award-winning Jon Kasbe, Executive Produced by Oscar-nominated Matt Heineman (CARTEL LAND).  WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS was a grant recipient of Sundance Institute's Documentary Production Fund Grant in 2017.  Andrew directed, produced & edited his previous project, SOMEWHERE IN BEULAH LAND; an award-winning short documentary.

Andrew is also a proud descendant of Chief Tarhe of the Wyandot-Huron nation, a father of two and founder of his production company Ragtag Tribe Films.