New Acquisition: When Lambs Become Lions

 Image: Alex Pritz

Image: Alex Pritz

The latest addition to our catalogue for world sales representation is Jon Kasbe’s feature When Lambs Become Lions, presented by Kasbe Films and The Documentary Group in association with Fusion and Project Earth. When Lambs Becomes Lions had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2018, where it won in the category for Best Editing in the documentary competition, won Special Jury Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at Telluride Mountainfilm, and appeared at Sheffield Doc/Fest, where it was nominated for the Environmental Award.

Shot over a three-year period, Kasbe’s film follows two figures In a Kenyan town at the epicentre of the conservation divide, a small-time ivory dealer who fights to stay on top while forces mobilize to destroy his trade, and his younger cousin, a conflicted wildlife ranger who hasn’t been paid in months, to whom he turns. Director Jon Kasbe followed the film’s subjects for this extended period, gaining an extraordinary level of access and trust as he became part of their everyday lives. The result is a rare and visually arresting look through these untold perspectives. By focusing in on these people caught in the middle of the ivory trade debate, When Lambs Become Lions poses a powerful question: who are these hunters who will risk death, arrest and the moral outrage of the world to provide for their families?