Namibian short film on rhino poaching features on Netflix

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A Namibian short film that focuses on raising awareness about the poaching of rhinos in the southwest African nation has made its rounds to streaming entertainment service, Netflix as of Sept. 30.

The film, “Baxu and the Giants”, is a 2019 Namibian bilingual production written and directed by Florian Schott.

The 30-minute short film is about rhino poaching triggering social change and the theme of the film is based on poaching in modern rural Namibia, seen through the eyes of a nine-year-old.

The aim of the short film which has been screened at around 20 film festivals, is to raise awareness about the importance of rhinos and to curb poaching.

Currently, Namibia’s rhino conservation remains challenged by poaching incidents despite a decline in poaching numbers as a result of ongoing interventions by the government, communal conservancies, private custodians, and NGOs.

According to the country’s Environment Ministry, Namibia has recorded 22 rhinos poached to date this year; 46 in 2019; 78 in 2018; 55 in 2017 and 61 in 2016.