Director: Shaul Schwarz and Co-Director Christina Clusiau; US, 2017; 103 min.
Is big game hunting a murderous sport or one of the keys to saving endangered species? This is the controversial question at the core of this sprawling, complex and beautifully photographed look at the tensions that exist between wildlife conservation and the global hunting industry. A Sundance 2017 critics’ favorite, Trophy journeys from the U.S. to South Africa, as it introduces us to an array of sympathetic individuals: farmers and anti-poaching teams who passionately believe they are saving the animals (even as they watch them get slaughtered); hunters who cathartically cry after the kill; and the indigenous people who need animal meat to survive. Called “captivating [and] compelling” ( Indiewire.com) and “gorgeous [and] supremely confrontational” (Village Voice), Trophy is a masterfully crafted and provocatively nonjudgmental film that offers no easy answers. Courtesy of The Orchard.
Saturday, April 1st @ 1:30 P.M.
Screening followed by Q&A with Directors Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau
Davis Theater - 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625