The last male northern white rhinoceros, named Sudan, died a year ago in Kenya. In the years before his death he was anything but alone. Day and night he was attended by armed rangers and lovingly fed and stroked by his permanent carers. From all around the world journalists and tourists came to catch a glimpse of him. And scientists intend to keep his species alive, with sperm to be stored in liquid nitrogen in Europe for at least 3000 years. What is so attractive about the threat to his species’ extinction? And what does that tell us about our own species?
Floor van der Meulen, a Dutch filmmaker, studied film at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. In 2014 she made her international film documentary debut with Paradijsbestormers. A year later she made the internationally acclaimed documentary 9 Days - From My Window in Aleppo, which was shown at film festivals around the world and won the European Film Award for best short film in 2016. In the same year she made her film fiction debut with In Vrijheid and released a sequel to her life in Aleppo entitled Greetings from Aleppo.