Endangered African species like elephants, rhinos, and lions march closer to extinction each year. Their devastating decline is fueled by a global desire to consume and collect these majestic animals. Trophy investigates the powerhouse businesses of big game hunting, breeding, and wildlife conservation. Through the eyes of impassioned individuals who drive these industries, filmmakers Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau grapple with the complex consequences of imposing economic value on animals. What are the ethical implications of treating animals as commodities? Do breeding, farming, and hunting offer some of the few remaining options to conserve these species before it's too late?
Shaul Schwarz, Christina Clusiau
Shaul Schwarz is a filmmaker, award-winning photojournalist, and Reel Peak Films founder. His debut documentary, Narco Cultura, premiered in 2013. Schwarz contributes to Time, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and CNN. He directed the Emmy Award–nominated web series A Year in Space and he co-directed Aida's Secrets.