When Lambs Become Lions
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 his subjects of over a three-year period and the result is a rare and visually arresting look through the perspectives of the people at the epicentre of the conservation divide.