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When Lambs Become Lions (2018)

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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.

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Jon Kasbe
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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.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When Lambs Become Lions See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenya

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,155, 24 November 2019

Gross USA:

$9,337

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,337
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Up close portrait of poachers
28 July 2019 | by joakimsandbergSee all my reviews

This documentary takes you to the heart of the struggle between ivory poachers and rangers in rural Kenya. It gives a close portrait of both sides: following the poacher "X" and his companions as they sneak out with their bows in the wilderness, as well as the ranger Asan (X's cousin) trying to catch poachers and protect the elephants. Both sides have families to maintain and needs to fulfil. Who is to say what is right here - standing up for the elephants at a meager wage, or meeting the market demand for ivory to help your family.

The documentary is beautifully filmed and often extremely intense. The best thing is that it gives you the raw footage straight up, without any commentary or explanation. Instead the expressions on people's faces is enough to tell you what is going on, both in their minds and their difficult situations. It becomes almost impossible to look away.


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