Big-Game Hunting is Questioned in Trailer for 'Trophy' Documentary

August 8, 2017
Source: YouTube

Trophy Doc Trailer

"We have to keep this fight going!" The Orchard has debuted an official trailer for a documentary called Trophy, examining the world of big game trophy hunters and how it connects to wildlife conservation. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in competition earlier this year, and has played at other fests all over the world. The description for this says it will make you question "what is right, what is wrong and what is necessary in order to save the great species of the world from extinction." This seems like it would make a great double feature with the other wildlife doc The Ivory Game (about elephant poaching) from last year. I will admit I'm curious about seeing this, and I'm a bit sad I missed it at Sundance. Take a look below.

Here's the trailer (+ poster) for Christina Clusiau & Shaul Schwarz's doc Trophy, from YouTube:

Trophy Doc Poster

Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz's documentary Trophy is a startling exploration of the evolving relationship between big-game hunting and wildlife conservation that will leave you debating what is right, what is wrong and what is necessary in order to save the great species of the world from extinction. Trophy is directed by filmmakers Christina Clusiau (making her directorial debut) & Shaul Schwarz (of Aida's Secrets, Narco Cultura previously). This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and also played at SXSW, Full Frame, Sun Valley, Montclair, and the Melbourne Film Festival. The Orchard will release Trophy in select theaters starting September 8th in the fall. Who's interested in this?

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AKA: People suck

TheOct8pus on Aug 8, 2017


exactly which people suck? which particular races engage in illegal trades of endangered animals the most? Im sure the documentary will blame it all on white folks though

Facebook User on Aug 8, 2017


All people a species, we've made it pretty clear that we can't have nice things. We just ruin everything.

TheOct8pus on Aug 8, 2017


well im not sure I agree... have you watched most nature documentaries? nature can be brutal.. not just humans.. btw im not a fan of big game hunting although I realize some of these places use the funds to protect the animals from poachers.. its just the documentary looks like another SJW hit piece on white men as opposed to actually discussing the issue and who and whats ultimately responsible for it.

Facebook User on Aug 8, 2017


WHICH races? Well depends on who you want to blame? The rich white folks who hire damned near starving blacks to help them catch their game and poach to stay alive. Or the western rich world that supports these poachers buy buying their products. Yeah, you can go right ahead and blame it on white folks and you wouldn't be wrong. For people like you the issue is CLEARLY black and white.

Charles Knowlton on Aug 8, 2017


No you made it black and white ... you clearly know nothing about the ivory trade and who actually purchases the majority of it ( hint asia) . But keep blaming eveything on white people . That just means you dont actually want to solve the problem but blame everything on whites. Also your racism against black people as if they arent smart enough to not engage in the ivory trade is just racism as a result of low expectations for a certain group of people. There is enough blame to go around but again the documentary wants to just blame white people. You and your response just means i was correct in my assumptions .

DerekNola on Aug 9, 2017


Don't put words in my mouth, that's the easy way out. I can't blame a man whose family will otherwise starve if he doesn't go out and support the illegal trade of animals. That's the reality, it's got nothing to do with the guy being black. And furthermore, I didn't make it "black and white" you genius. Learn to read. That was Facebook User.

Charles Knowlton on Aug 9, 2017


I'm over simplifying but I think all the world has to do to stop a vast majority of poaching is to convince certain populations of people that ground up rhino horns and shark fins won't heal them or make their dicks hard. You take away the demand and the trade will drop dramatically.

David Diaz on Aug 8, 2017


agreed. I'd love to know how many animals have been slaughtered and species wiped out for no real reason other than the phrase "due to Asian demand".

dan on Aug 13, 2017


Damn beautiful. Personally, I'd rather not have large mammals die for any one's desire be it "medicinal" hokum or over sized ego, but if they are going to die because let's face it they are, I'd rather have their death for the management of the continuation of the species. For sure a catch-22 situation.

DAVIDPD on Aug 8, 2017


I could say, hunting is not my thing. But truly, I consider person who likes hunting for money or for fun needs to have some kind of mental issues.

shiboleth on Aug 8, 2017


What a strange place we've got to as a species.

Carpola on Aug 9, 2017


This documentary doesn't appear to be "balanced". You need to show both sides of the equation equally, both positive and negative of each and let the audience make the determination of which side they're on. While killing animals for "sport" is ridiculous, I know friends and family members who hunt as a means to provide food for their family. Poachers/big game hunters are not the majority of the hunting population.

THE_RAW_ on Aug 9, 2017


Almost cruelly ironic that you posted this the day after you showed us a trailer about the son of a tiger hunter. Anyway, no, lions, for example, have literally disappeared from the their native range in Africa by 90% within the past 75 years, alone, and the deaths of Cecil and his son Xanda this year only add injury to the cause. In other words, every genetically viable individual of a species that's endangered, or critically endangered, deserves to be protected, even if said individual is killed in a perfectly legal hunt. Sure, that's the entire damn point of this documentary. But, at the same time, it's a hell of a lot worse than you guys might actually realize...

Mark Brackney on Aug 12, 2017

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