When Lambs Become Lions

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In the Kenyan bush, a small-time ivory dealer fights to stay on top while forces mobilize to destroy his trade. When he turns to his younger cousin, a conflicted wildlife ranger who hasn't been paid in months, they both see a possible lifeline. The plummeting elephant population in Africa has captured the attention of the world, and as the government cracks down, both poachers and rangers face their own existential crises what is the value of elephant life relative to human life? And can we understand these hunters who will risk death, arrest, and the moral outrage of the world to provide for their families?


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Nov 22, 2019

It’s unlikely that any documentary could make us feel half as bad for the poachers as we do for their prey, which might not even be Kasbe’s aim. He succeeds in bringing shades of grey to a situation usually thought of in black-and-white terms — not enough to change many minds, perhaps, but at least enough to open some.

Metacritic review by Michael Nordine
Michael Nordine
Nov 21, 2019

Kasbe has imbued When Lambs Become Lions with the feel of a thriller rather than a polemic.

Nikki Baughan
Screen Daily
Nov 21, 2019

Gorgeously photographed and edited, the film has the look and pacing of a thriller, albeit one with near-Shakespearean dramatic dimensions.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter