by Muthoni Kimani
October 2, 2020
Many heard about it back in 2018, but if you didn't' now is your time. Yesterday, the award-winning film premiered on international media streaming site Netflix; this comes as a big win for the local film industry. It is the first local production to be carried on the platform.
The short film was shot and produced over six days at the Tsavo West National Park and released in August 2018.
The show features some of the talented Kenyan actors, i.e. Brian Ogola, Lenny Juma and Davina Leonard. The 29-minute production grabs the attention of viewers from the first minute; it creates a cultural sensitivity towards the vice that threatens Africa's elephant population.
Quite Bright Films the production company behind the film had this to say;
"In East Africa, Covid-19 has affected international tourism, donor funding to wildlife conservancies and boosted animal poaching. By 2040, elephants could be extinct. Poachers is a gritty thriller that investigates the human cost of elephant conservation and the systemic and environmental issues contributing to human-wildlife conflict,"
Some of the wins for the film are, Best Short Film at the eighth Kalasha and TV Awards held in Nairobi in November 2018. It has also been nominated for directing, cinematography and acting.
The film has also been screened at notable international festivals, including Aesthetic Short Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, the 19th Independent Days Film Festival and the Five Continents International Film Festival.
Make sure you watch it on Netflix!