Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow’s tense drama Zero Dark Thirty was one of the best films of 2012, if not the best film of the year, as the director was able to perfectly sum up the state of our nation in the post-9/11 world through the framing of a taut, procedural thriller. We’ve all been waiting to see what the director will tackle next (she’s developing a pair of politically tinged films, The True American and a movie about Bowe Bergdahl), but her first post-Zero Dark Thirty project is actually available to watch right now for free. Bigelow directed a harrowing short film about elephant poaching called Last Days, which addresses the two major concerns about the act: species extinction and global terrorism. It’s a wonderful and appropriately disturbing piece of filmmaking, made all the more impressive by the fact that Bigelow is able to evoke such a visceral response in just three short minutes.
Watch the short film Last Days after the jump, and please visit lastdaysofivory.com to learn more about this terrible act.
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