When Lambs Become Lions
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When Lambs Become Lions

by Jon Kasbe

Country / Year
USA / 2018
Duration
79 Min.
Languages
Swahili
Subtitles
EnglishEnglish
GermanGerman
Genre
DOC: Social & Human Interest
Tags
Money
Debut Feature
Animals
Documentary
Crime
Nature
Direction
Jon Kasbe

Asan is roaming the Kenyan savannah with his rifle, carefully observing a herd of passing elephants. As a ranger, he is on the hunt for poachers who secure their livelihood with illegal ivory trade. When Asan's wife gives birth to their third child and the pay for his work as a gamekeeper fails to come through for several months, Asan finds himself under increasing financial pressure. In his growing despair, he turns to his cousin "X": ironically, a very successful ivory trader... The rapidly declining stock of elephants in Africa has caught global attention. Increasingly harsh government policies, however, are putting pressure on poachers. Over the course of three years, director Jon Kasbe followed his film’s protagonists, gaining their fullest confidence.

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