Director: Mark Halliday
“This is not about them. It is about us as humans.” - Nunu Jobe
Yet another of the planet’s species is in danger of extinction: the rhinoceros. Vestige follows some of the last remaining, protected in Kruger National Park, South Africa from the onslaught of poachers. Rhinoceros are of particular value for their horns, in demand by Asian business elites as a symbol of wealth. The documentary utilises an impressive range of interview footage to show the people who risk their lives on a daily basis protecting this collapsing species. We follow a Zulu bush tracker; the world’s largest private rhino owner; a front-line anti-poaching unit; and a veterinarian heading dehorning programmes in order to remove the hunting incentive of poachers. Vestige is an honest depiction of the ongoing battle to save the rhinos, and tells their story within the greater framework of human philosophy. As well as short-term solutions, if we are to save the planet we must also tackle the deeply ingrained problem of human greed. Humans need to be reminded that they are part of the whole picture, and not distinctly separate from other species. The tale of rhinos can give a message to the world.
Film Festival Official Selection
09 I 2018 Raindance Film Festival, London UK
02 I 2019 Transitions Film Festival, Melbourne AUS
04 I 2018 The Ritz Cinema Randwick, Sydney AUS
09 I 2018 Vue Cinemas Piccadilly, London UK
02 I 2019 Cinema Nova, Melbourne AUS
Amazon Prime Video.
Approved and financed with the assistance of Documentary Australia Foundation.
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“Vestige is such a moving experience. Like all powerful stories, it transcends the immediate subject matter to become an allegory about the sorrow and majesty of all who inhabit this world.”
- George Miller (Film Director)
"Any doubt that rhinos are rapidly being poached to extinction is dispelled in the first few seconds of Vestige, an extraordinarily intimate and moving documentary... Vestige is a candid and urgent depiction of the horrific reality of the rhino's increasingly desperate plight."
- Simon Caterson (Daily Review)