WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS
Run time: 1:16
Director: Jon Kasbe
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, arrest and 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. The result is a rare and visually arresting look through the perspectives and motives of the people at the epicenter of the conservation divided.
KEEPERS OF THE WILD
Run time: 0:11
Director: Adam McClelland
Synopsis: With the numbers of elephants dwindling, Keepers of the Wild exposes the necessary human role in preserving wildlife in Tsavo National Park, Kenya. Focusing on the largest and most gentle creatures, this short documentary begins with the single story of a baby orphan elephant rescued after its mother was killed by poachers. Filmed entirely in Kenya, Keepers of the Wild shows the evolving bond between the Keepers and their elephant families as they face poison arrows, gun shot wounds, drought, births and deaths. Keepers of the Wild is a sensitive look at the human wildlife family that emerges when animal families are destroyed.
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