In her last two films, The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, director Kathryn Bigelow took a hard, probing look at the United States’ military and intelligence community. The former won her two Oscars in 2010 for best director and best picture, and the latter got a nomination for best picture in 2013. Now, two years since the release of Thirty, Bigelow has returned with a new film, or rather, a new short that’s completely worth the next four minutes of your life:
Originally premiering on Time.com, Bigelow told the news website, “Last year I was made aware of the very real connection between elephant poaching and terrorism,” adding, “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.”
Without a doubt, this a powerful short film with a very real story to tell — Bigelow convinces yous this is an issue worth tackling. But before you start thinking there’s nothing you personally can do but watch the short, the website directs you to lastdaysofivory.com, offering a host of ways you can help end the illegal ivory trade and its connection to global terrorism.
In fact, it wasn’t too long ago Jon Stewart devoted an entire segment of The Daily Show to the ivory trade himself, his statements in relation to the NRA:
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CORRECTION: The original version of this post misspelled the director’s name. It now reads Kathryn Bigelow.