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The Ivory Game (2016)The Ivory Game (2016)

The Ivory Game (2016)

Documentary

6.9

movie

Austria, United States of America

Chichewa; Nyanja, English, Mandarin

Instructive, Thought-provoking

2016

Kief Davidson, Richard Ladkani

Andrea Crosta, Ian Stevenson, Kief Davidson

112 min

Synopsis

Wildlife activists and investigators put their lives on the line to battle the illegal African ivory trade, in this suspenseful on-the-ground documentary.

Our Take

6.9
Bilal Zouheir

As the value of ivory appreciated by the Chinese middle-class, the demand for it has skyrocketed. This brought elephants to a dire outlook: extinction in as early as the next 15 years. “Traders in ivory actually want extension in elephants, the less elephants there are the more the price rises” as one of the commentators in the film says. To bring awareness to this threat, filmmakers went undercover for 16 months and followed the ivory from where it was stolen to where it hits the shelves of Hong Kong. The result is a genuine thriller, far more gripping than you’d expect from a documentary. It portrays the brave and hopeful men and women trying to combat these atrocities, the battle they may be losing, and all the obstacles they face. An extremely important watch.

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