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.
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.