"There's money to be made by driving a species extinct." - Paul Watson
The feature length documentary ‘Disunity’ examines the disagreements and conflict within the conservation movement, in particular the stakeholders involved in protecting the rhinoceros in their range states across the world.
It has been nearly 40 years since the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) placed a ban on the international sale of rhino horn, and since then, 95% of the world’s rhino have been lost with all but one species considered critically endangered. On top of this, the Western black rhino was declared extinct by the IUCN in 2011 and there are only 3 left of the Northern white rhino.
With the April 2016 announcement that the 'Kingdom of Swaziland' will be putting forward a proposal to CITES to vote on legalising the rhino horn trade, these stakeholders now find themselves in a position where they either unite or face inevitable extinction of one of the world’s most iconic animals.
Filmed for a year in just under 20 countries, ‘Disunity’ will be offering its viewers an inside look into the complexity of life for people who live with and face the daily struggle of protecting the rhino. The documentary will also be examining the role poverty plays in the rural communities from which the majority of poachers originate. Often deemed as ‘evil’ and ‘the enemy,’ black Africans have become the go to stereotype of anti-poaching campaigns to ‘save the rhino.’ However, as history tells us, situations like this are never quite as black and white as some people would like the public to believe.
***Due to be completed in late 2017, Disunity ‘Poaching Isn’t Black and White’ is sure to highlight the problems facing the rhino conservation community and reveal a few home truths that have been carefully swept under the rug.***