Trophy

Invited

A revelatory and exquisitely photographed investigation, Trophy traces the largely unseen connections and surprising paradoxes among animal conservation efforts, big game hunting, and the commodification of rare species. The intricate web of wildlife commerce and consequence spans continents, ranging from bucolic savannas to bustling convention centers, as resolute men and women on each side of the debate exhibit conflicting means of prizing the animal kingdom. As extinction rates climb, so does the value of endangered animals, emboldening poachers and challenging their protectors. All this is keenly observed in scenes of startling drama, candor, and awe. Uncompromising and fearsome yet visually sumptuous and intellectually nuanced, the film invites dialogue and philosophical inquiry, as humankind’s diverse and contentious manipulations and rationales threaten to irretrievably reshape the circle of life.  TM

Filmmaker Q&A following screening

Director

Shaul Schwarz

Co-director

Christina Clusiau

Producers

Lauren Haber, Julia Nottingham

Executive Producers

Dan Cogan, Lars Knudsen, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa, Lilly Hartley, Jeffrey Tarrant, Kate Townsend, Victoria Steventon, Jenny Raskin, Cristina Ljungberg

Co-producer

Alex Scharfman

Editors

Halil Efrat, Jay A. Sterrenberg

Cinematographers

Shaul Schwarz, Christina Clusiau

Special Advisors

Joe Bini, Maya Hawke

Release Year

2017

Festival Year

2017

Country

United States

Run Time

108 minutes

Subtitled

Yes