When Lambs Become Lions trailer: A documentary exploring both sides of the ivory trade in Kenya

Jon Kasbe's documentary, When Lambs Become Lions, poses some difficult questions about animal hunting in Kenya. After shooting a number of shorts in the country he was drawn close to the perspective of both animal poachers and rangers in an attempt to understand what motivates them to take on the roles they do. Animal poaching is often approached from a simplistic good-versus-evil perspective, but as documentaries like 2017's Trophy reveal, the truth is often far more complicated. Understandably there are some who won't be interested in listening to any sort of opposing point of view, but When Lambs Become Lions is a well-crafted documentary that highlights the underlying economic factors driving the ivory trade. We’ll have a review for it next week, but in the meantime watch the trailer above.

In the Kenyan bush, a small-time ivory dealer fights to stay on top while forces mobilise 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, both poachers and rangers face their own existential crises—what is the value of elephant life relative to human life? And can we understand these hunters who will risk death, arrest, and the moral outrage of the world to provide for their families?

When Lambs Become Lions is available in select cinemas on February 14, before arriving on VOD from February 28.


When Lambs Become Lions (2018)
Dir: Jon Kasbe | Cast: N/A | Writer: N/A

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