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Trophy

Documentary makers Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau attack the hunting of big game in Africa, identify foreign industries that have profited from it, and profile individuals who try to save hunted animals from extinction. The directors make little attempt to hide their anti-hunting bias; indeed the movie sometimes feels smug. Schwarz and Clusiau also come across as glib storytellers, cutting impatiently between several different stories and presenting them in bite-size chunks, as in a TV news broadcast. The flashy visual techniques (overhead shots, slow-motion) prove distracting more often than not, though the film does share many useful statistics about the rates at which big game animals have disappeared. In English and subtitled Afrikaans.

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Directors:

  • Shaul Schwarz
  • Christina Clusiau

Producers:

  • Dean Baker
  • Sharon Chang
  • Tom Hardy
  • Lilly Hartley
  • Jeffrey Tarrant
  • Lauren Haber
  • Julia Nottingham

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