by Shaul Schwarz, Cristina Clusiau, United Kingdom, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, USA, 2017, 108’
Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau’s Trophy explores the complexity of contemporary issues such as animal conservation and commodification at a time when endangered African species, particularly elephants, rhinos and lions, are closer to extinction. From the forests and plains of Africa to the world’s largest hunters’ convention in Las Vegas, we meet breeders and hunters who firmly believe in the importance of preserving endangered animals. The film follows Philip Glass, a Texas-based sheep farmer and hunter looking to collect the “Big Five” (elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and rhinoceroses), an environmentalist who believes that the dollars spent on hunting in Africa go back to local communities and help preserve the animals; Chris Moore, a Zimbabwean wildlife officer whose anti-poaching campaign is partially funded by large hunters such as Philip; Christo Gomes, of Mabula Pro Safaris in South Africa, who offers all-inclusive guided safaris for hunters around the world. For $25,000 to $100,000 a hunter can shoot, kill and take home a large African “trophy”.
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