Endangered African species like elephants, rhinos and lions march closer to extinction each year. Their devastating decline is fueled in part by a global desire to consume these majestic animals. Trophy investigates the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation. Through the eyes of impassioned individuals who drive these industries – from a Texas-based trophy hunter to the world’s largest private rhino breeder in South Africa – the film grapples with the consequences of imposing economic value on animals. What are the implications of treating animals as commodities? Do breeding, farming and hunting offer some of the few remaining options to conserve our endangered animals? Trophy will leave you debating what is right, what is wrong and what is necessary in order to save the great species of the world.
|Film, followed by conversation with film producer Lauren Haber
|Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau
|Lauren Haber and Julia Nottingham
Layered, thoughtful and infinitely curious, Trophy” is shot so simply and beautifully that it’s easy to miss the ingenuity of its construction.
A multifaceted look at the intersection of big business and animal-rights protection.
The movie is richer in every way for its tangled sympathies. It will leave you angry, sick, and confused — but not smug. Never smug.