WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS

In Theaters November 2019

In the Kenyan bush, 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, 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?

Director Jon Kasbe followed the subjects of WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS over a three-year period, gaining an extraordinary level of access and trust on both sides of the ideological and ethical spectrum 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 divide.

 

 

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TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Winner, Best Editing, Documentary Competition

SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST
Environmental Award Nominee

ZURICH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
International Documentary Competition

TELLURIDE MOUNTAINFILM
Special Jury Award for Excellence in Filmmaking

CAMERIMAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

DENVER FILM FESTIVAL

PÕFF BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

CRESTED BUTTE FILM FESTIVAL
Special Jury Award for Best Debut Feature

PLANET IN FOCUS – TORONTO, CANADA
Best International Feature Award

ANOTHER WAY FILM FESTIVAL
Jury Prize

BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
Special Mention

WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
Best of Festival

NEW YORK WILD FILM FESTIVAL
Best in Festival

PHILADELPHIA ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Feature Film

DOCUDAYS UA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
DOCU/WORLD Special Jury Award

ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
William W. Warner Beautiful Swimmers Award Winner

INDIE GRITS FILM FESTIVAL
Big Grit – Honorable Mention

CLEVELAND FILM FESTIVAL

ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL

INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON

BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL

PORT JEFFERSON DOCUMENTARY SERIES

CHAGRIN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

KUMU ART MUSEUM – TALLINN, ESTONIA

ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA

WALES AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

FRONTLINE CLUB

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FROZEN RIVER FILM FESTIVAL

ONE WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

THESSALONIKI DOC FEST

DOCVILLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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