Documentary Showcase
Special Explorations in nonfiction filmmaking
Trophy
USA, 2017, 108 min., Color, English and Afrikaans with English subtitles

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?

Schwarz has never been a filmmaker who sees the world in black and white. Embracing the gray areas that make for a multifaceted assessment of big game hunting and the industries that support it, TROPHY will spark fierce debate as it digs deeper to examine the state of our planet and the conscience of humanity.

— Sundance Film Festival
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Director
Shaul Schwarz, Christina Clusiau
Cinematographer
Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz
Editor
Halil Efrat, Jay Arthur

Director Bio

Shaul Schwarz is a documentary filmmaker, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of Reel Peak Films, a short films production company which makes documentary content for magazines and news outlets. Schwarz’s debut documentary feature, NARCO CULTURA (2013), premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He directed the Emmy Award-nominated web series A Year in Space, and co-directed the documentary feature AIDA’S SECRETS (2016). Schwarz also contributes to Time, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, History Channel, and CNN.

Christina Clusiau is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, photojournalist based in Brooklyn. She co-founded Reel Peak Films with Shaul Schwarz. Clusiau shot the Emmy Award-nominated web series A Year in Space and the documentary feature AIDA’S SECRETS (2016).
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