Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

The Last Male on Earth (2020)

In March 2018, the last male northern white rhino remaining on earth died. His name was Sudan, and after 42 years on this planet he had lived – and his species’ – life to the very end.

The Last Male on Earth shows his last years on earth, in which he was not alone. Ever since he was the last one, armed bodyguards protected him, tourists were standing in line to take a photo with him, journalists rushed to Kenya to tell his story and, still now, scientists are determined to find ways to reproduce his species.

What is so attractive about the threat of extinction? How does this reflect on us? 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.

Production notes

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Film Title : The Last Male on Earth
Language : englanti, saksa, swahili, tšekki
Director : Floor van der Meulen
Year : 2019
Length : 72
Age limit : K12
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Christian Paulussen
Editing : Thomas Vroege, Patrick Schonewille
Music : Juho Nurmela
Producer : Hasse van Nunen, Renko Douze
Production Company : Een van de jongens

Screenings :
Tue 28.1. at 17.00, Kinopalatsi 5
Wed 29.1. at 21.00, Kinopalatsi 1
Sun 2.2. su 13.00, Kinopalatsi 7