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Shaul Schwarz, Christina Clusiau, 108 min

United States, Qatar, 2017


From the very first scene onwards, you repeatedly have to revise your outlook on human morality in a complex but brilliantly told film by the director of 'Narco Cultura'.

Africa's endangered species are big business. Heavily armed American tourists on a safari dream of killing a lion, an elephant or one of the other 'big five', which idealistic ecologists in turn are trying to protect. But it is an uncomfortable fact that reality is incredibly more complex, which 'Trophy' reveals with a wildly impressive journalistic overview. From the very first scene, you are invited to revise your own views on big game hunting and shady, human morality again and again. Does it really hold true, when South African farmer John Hume claims to save his rhinos by sedating them and cutting off their horns? Or when hunter Phillip Glass tears up while confessing that he feels spiritually connected to the animals he kill? Scenes from a Safari Club International Hunting convention in Las Vegas should be enough to bring one's political self to a boil, but not even that is as simple as it appears. Directors Shaul Schwarz ('Narco Cultura') and Christina Clusiau has created a film much larger than its already surprisingly vast subject - and done so with a sense of suspenseful storytelling that you are about to fall of your seat.


Date Time Location

Wed. 22/03


Empire Bio
Q&A with director

Thu. 23/03


With debate

Sun. 26/03



International Premiere
Director: Shaul Schwarz, Christina Clusiau
Original Title: Trophy
Country: United States, Qatar
Year: 2017
Running time: 108 min
Dialogue: English, Afrikaans
Subtitles: English
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Producer: Lauren Haber, Julia Nottingham
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