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The Arctic Rhino

Impact documentary exposing the trophy hunting and the legal skin trade that threaten Polar Bear survival.


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  • DIRECTOR Abraham Joffe ACS

  • PRODUCER Abraham Joffe & Louis Cooper Robinson



This character-driven documentary exposes the trophy hunting and the legal skin trade that threaten Polar Bear survival.

This legal hunting is primarily taking place in Canada, to fuel the skin trade, as well as to feed the desires of wealthy trophy hunters. In 1973, due to a severe population decline from over hunting, a complete ban across the arctic region was implemented.

However, exceptions were made for the traditional people in Canada and Greenland, with a quota system put in place for subsistence hunting for those communities needing to kill bears, for survival reasons.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Today, between 800 and 1000 polar bears are killed every year in the Arctic, with the majority of these kills being completely legal.

Researchers now estimate that there are currently less than 20,000 polar bears left on the planet, raising some serious questions
about the management of polar bears today. The film aims to shine a light on this tragic situation in an attempt to save the King of the Arctic from extinction.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

This film will expose the devastating impact that commercial skin trade and trophy hunting has on polar bears through awareness and engagement on a global scale.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

The full, international and permanent protection of the species is film’s ultimate objective. The polar bear is the symbol of the Arctic. It is the largest carnivorous mammal on the planet today and is known throughout the world for both its power and beauty. Widely known to be under serious threat from the changing climate, the hunting management
problem is somewhat unknown.

As self-imposed guardians of this planet, it is our duty to do the utmost we can to manage threatened species.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

The film will be used as a powerful tool to expose the hunting situation to governments, researchers and the general public.

A call to action will accompany the film, directing people to a website that will provide updates on the polar bears’ current status. Both the end of the film and the website will provide further details of how people can help.

The film will be supplied to university researchers dealing with environmental and wildlife management issues as well as schools
and conservation NGOs.

The media will be one of the biggest tools in which the film can grow its impact. The trade of polar bears is not widely known and will make a topical news story. An impact producer will be brought on to ensure maximum exposure.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

Independently produced documentary feature.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

By exposing the serious combined threats currently facing the remaining polar bear population, the intent of the film will be both education and motivation of the viewer. Activism fuelled by media exposure can apply huge pressure on the governments and bodies that allow the trade to take place.

This can be achieved by getting the voting countries that attend CITIES to ban the hunting, exporting and trading of polar bears.

Canada is the country in which the most work needs to be done as they account for over 90% of the world’s annual polar bear hunt.

On a country by county basis, banning the importation and exportation of polar bear skins can have a huge impact to the annual hunts. For example, Greenland’s export ban saw an almost complete disappearance of the country's trophy hunting.

The film will bring this huge problem to the consciousness of the world and has a huge chance of changing the

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

The full, international and permanent protection of the species is film’s ultimate objective.