She cemented her place in Hollywood history with hard-hitting films such as The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, but director Kathryn Bigelow is now fighting a new war, having produced a short and harrowing film called The Last Days, to highlight the plight of elephants. Released to show the monetary as well as the blood trails between elephant poaching and ivory-funded terrorism, the animated film was made in collaboration with concept designer Samuel Michlap and WildAid’s Executive Director Peter Knights.
The fact is, an elephant is killed every fifteen minutes, and over 30,000 elephants are killed through poaching every year. If the situation continues as it is, elephants could be extinct in the wild in as little as eleven years.
The problem runs even deeper, however, since the poaching is done to fund terrorist activities. Both species extinction and global terrorism involve the loss of innocent life and both require urgent action. The message of the film on this point is a powerful one – “either we come together now to make these the last days of ivory-funded terrorism or we witness the last days of elephants in the wild.”
For more information, please visit www.lastdaysofivory.com, or watch the film below: