Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow and Annapurna’s Megan Ellison have found a new way to deal with the complicated issue of global terrorism on film. Bigelow has created a PSA to combat the appetite for ivory that comes from elephants slain in the jungle. She certainly makes a compelling case here in Last Days Of Ivory.
“I was made aware of the very real connection between elephant poaching and terrorism,” said Bigelow, who won her Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker. “For me it represented the diabolical intersection of two problems that are of great concern — species extinction and global terrorism. Both involve the loss of innocent life, and both require urgent action. To make a feature film about such a topic would likely take years during which more elephants would die, so instead I approached a team of fellow filmmakers and we made Last Days as an animated piece, which we thought would give it a broader audience (besides, the Internet is filled with graphic images of slaughtered elephants and yet the killing continues.) There are real things we can all do to stop wild elephants from disappearing from our world while cutting off funding for some of the world’s most notorious terrorist networks.”