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When Lambs Become Lions

  • ACMI Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourne Australia (map)
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Dir. Jon Kasbe | Kenya/USA | 2018 | 76 mins

What is the true cost of ivory? In a Kenyan town bordering conservation land, two men try to hold onto their increasingly fragile status quo. A small-time ivory dealer fights to stay on top while forces mobilise 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. With more than 300,000 elephants killed every year for their tusks, Africa’s elephants are in danger of disappearing by 2025.

In 2016, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta theatrically torched a stockpile of confiscated ivory worth $150 million on the market, declaiming ivory “worthless unless it is on our elephants”. With unparalleled access, Kasbe takes us into the fields and minds of the two cousins as they struggle not only for survival, but with their own consciences. When Lambs Become Lions offers a poignant perspective on the human and environmental tolls of the ivory trade.

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  Patrick O'Callaghan YGAP   Patrick O'Callaghan is one of a key few responsible for the development and growth of ygap. Over the last decade, Patrick has raised millions of dollars for and worked with social entrepreneurs across Africa and Australasia as they launch and grow businesses or nonprofits that change the lives of people living in poverty. Patrick has a deep understanding of how social businesses can solve persistent problems such as poverty.   ygap is an International Development not-for-profit with an innovative approach to poverty alleviation. yagp backs impact entrepreneurs – or as they like to call them ‘local leaders’ – with solutions to local problems in some of the world’s toughest communities. ygap have backed 397 of these impact entrepreneurs to launch and grow social businesses that have significantly and measurably improved the lives of 586,000 people living in poverty.   

Patrick O'Callaghan
YGAP

Patrick O'Callaghan is one of a key few responsible for the development and growth of ygap. Over the last decade, Patrick has raised millions of dollars for and worked with social entrepreneurs across Africa and Australasia as they launch and grow businesses or nonprofits that change the lives of people living in poverty. Patrick has a deep understanding of how social businesses can solve persistent problems such as poverty.   ygap is an International Development not-for-profit with an innovative approach to poverty alleviation. yagp backs impact entrepreneurs – or as they like to call them ‘local leaders’ – with solutions to local problems in some of the world’s toughest communities. ygap have backed 397 of these impact entrepreneurs to launch and grow social businesses that have significantly and measurably improved the lives of 586,000 people living in poverty.   

Please note: Australian short film The Last Wild was originally scheduled to play before When Lambs Become Lions. Due to technical difficulties, The Last Wild will no longer screen prior to this film.

Earlier Event: October 12
Experimental Shorts
Later Event: October 13
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