When Lambs Become Lions

Jon Kasbe - 79'
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SYNOPSIS

In a Kenyan town bordering wildlife conservation land, two men try to hold onto their increasingly fragile status quo. A small-time ivory dealer fights to stay on top while forces mobilize to destroy his trade. When he turns to his younger cousin, a conflicted wildlife ranger who hasn’t been paid in months, they both see a possible lifeline.The plummeting elephant population in Africa has captured the attention of the world. And as the government cracks down, the poachers face their own existential crisis. For them, conservationists are not only winning their campaign to value elephant life over its ivory, but over human life as well. Who are these hunters who will risk death, arrestand the moral outrage of the world to provide for their families? Director Jon Kasbe followed the film’s subjects over a three-year period, gaining an extraordinary level of access and trust as he became part of their everyday lives.

Ambassadors of the film: Zoltán Orbán (spokesman of the Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society), Ábel Pokorni (student of Pesthidegkúti Waldorf School)

CATEGORY

#nakedmessage

CAST

DIRECTOR:
Jon Kasbe
PRODUCER:
Innbo Shim, Jon Kasbe, Tom Yellin
CINEMATOGRAPHER:
Jon Kasbe
EDITOR:
Frederick Shanahan, Jon Kasbe, Caitlyn Greene

INFORMATION

Country:
USA
Original language:
Swahili
Year:
2018

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Duration:
79 min