When Lambs Become Lions



Somerville Theatre - Screen 2 Sat, Apr 27, 2019 6:30 PM
Film Info
Category:Documentary Feature
Premiere Status:New England Premiere
Original Language:Swahili
Web Site:http://www.whenlambs.com/
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Jon Kasbe
Additional Info


In a Kenyan town bordering wildlife conservation land, two men try to hold on to their increasingly fragile status quo. A small-time ivory dealer fights to stay on top while forces mobilize 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.

Africa's plummeting elephant population has captured the attention of the world, and as the government cracks down, poachers face their own existential crisis. They see conservationists winning a campaign to value the elephant's life not only over its ivory, but over human life, as well. Who are these hunters who will risk death, arrest, and the moral outrage of the world to provide for their families?

Director Jon Kasbe followed the film's subjects over a three-year period, becoming part of their everyday lives and gaining extraordinary access and trust. The result is a rare and visually arresting study of the perspectives and motives of the people at the epicenter of the conservation divide.