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5th GPIFF Official Selection

Zakouma National Park

The Last Animals

Kate Brooks

For three years, war photographer and first-time director Kate Brooks documented the plight of the Northern White Rhinoceros in the midst of a global wildlife trafficking crisis. When she started filming, there were just seven left in the world. Today there are only three. The Last Animals is a story about an extraordinary group of people who go to incredible lengths to save the planet’s last animals. The documentary follows the conservationists, scientists, and activists battling poachers and transnational trafficking syndicates to protect elephants and rhinos from extinction. From Africa’s front lines to behind the scenes of Asian markets to the United States, the film takes an intense look at the global response to this slaughter and the desperate measures to genetically rescue the Northern White rhinos who are on the edge of extinction.

92 minutes

Director Kate Brooks

Kate Brooks

Kate Brooks is an American photojournalist who has chronicled conflict and human rights issues for nearly two decades. 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. Brooks’s passion for filmmaking was sparked from working as a contributing cinematographer in Afghanistan on the film The Boxing Girls of Kabul (12). The film won the Inspirit Foundation Pluralism Prize at Hot Docs 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. Her drive and passion for this issue come from the fundamental belief that time is running out and that we are at a critical moment in natural history.

Production Company:

Atlas Films

Foxtail Entertainment

Executive Producer:

Laurie David

Heather Reisman

Regina K. Scully

Mari Snyder Johnson

Shannon O’Leary Joy

Nikita Kahn

Sam French

Michael Walrath

Michelle Walrath

Anita Gou

Matthew J. Malek

Daniella Kahane

Steve Milne

Christian Eisenbeiss

Al Edgington

Joe Labracio

Dawn Ostroff


Kate Brooks

Stephanie Soechtig


Mark Monroe

Kate Brooks


Kate Brooks

Michal Krejci

Jason Longo

Ruben O’Malley

Jared Moossy

Joan Poggio

Stefan Scherperel

Andrew Thompson

Ryan Youngblood


Brian Anton

Brian Lazarte


Joel Barham

Ednah Bonareri

Peter Eason

Sam Kashefi

Scott Selman


Paloma Estevez

Emmanuel Jal