Jake Dudman and actor Paul Blackthorne have teamed up for an eye-opening documentary film…
Save The Rhino Vietnam, a documentary film fronted by YouTuber Jake Dudman, was created in partnership with Save The Rhino International and aims to raise awareness of the increase in rhino-poaching since 2010. Teaming up with his godfather, actor Paul Blackthorne, Jake personally travels to Vietnam to see firsthand how and why the spike has occurred, and to help put a stop to it.
At 22 minutes long, the film is shocking, impactful and shot incredibly well. It allows viewers to see firsthand the many facets of the rhino horn industry in Vietnam, and shows the efforts being made to help bring it to an end. It also highlights the sale of rhino horn, which sees 90% of its sales coming from Vietnam.
Jake uses the film to inform viewers of facts regarding rhino-poaching and wildlife trafficking, which is now the fourth largest criminal trade in the world, behind human, drug, and weapons trafficking. He also explores multiple reasons as to why the Vietnamese should care about the eradicating the trade.
Throughout Save The Rhino Vietnam, viewers see Jake and Paul speaking with university students and organisations working to end the trade, as they also speak to the country’s government and go undercover in a shopping district known for its rhino horn sales. Shocking footage shows just how openly rhino horn is sold and how little is currently being done to prosecute those doing so, which undoubtedly pushes viewers to rise to action.
Save The Rhino Vietnam isn’t the only example of creators using their platforms for change. From Hank and John Green with their yearly Project For Awesome fundraiser to Louise Pentland and Tanya Burr with their work toward gender equality, YouTubers are constantly trying their best to make a positive change in this world using what they have. Jake is the latest to use the platform in order to make a difference for this important cause.
Save The Rhino Vietnam is a stunning, eye-opening, and vitally important release. By showing both the trade and those working to stop it, the film is able to create a lasting impact that will leave viewers ready to take action. Jake and Paul’s passion for Save The Rhino International brings an emotional aspect to the cause that will awaken those watching to the stark realities of the trade. Anyone who cares about wildlife and humanity should watch this moving and important documentary film.
Those interested in learning more about Save The Rhino International and their efforts for rhino conservation can do so by visiting their official website.
We spoke to Jake this past November about the making of the documentary. Alternatively, you could read about Oona King’s call for better diversity in advertising.