There are a lot of immoral crimes in this world that are worth being frustrated and angry about. If there wasn’t, there would be a whole lot less documentaries in the world today, that’s for sure. The documentary style has often been betrayed by political sentimentalization, turning works of art into little more than fact-fueled visual pamphlets that have zero interest in fully exploring the roots of why, say, America’s obsession with guns and shocking disinterest in building a healthcare system that works for everyone. For the most part, the main focus of these documentaries is to convey how heartless and wrong the people on the other side must be to let such things happen.
That seems to be less the case with The Ivory Game, from the looks of the latest trailer, which you can take a look at below. Well, not entirely. There are plenty of shots of people who clearly make their living or part of their living from ivory sales and who seem to only care about what the funds from those sales can secure them, whether it be a nice car or weapons to fight a war. Still, there’s a sense that the makers of the film, including executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, want to look at the whole picture and not just the cruel nature of ivory poachers and those who profit off of their work. The documentary got picked up by Netflix, which will premiere the movie on November 4th. That alone suggests that The Ivory Game is of a higher caliber than most documentaries released each year about similarly hot-button issues, possibly putting the movie alongside 13th, which Netflix also put out and is, without question, the best documentary of the year. Fingers crossed, everyone!
Here’s the first trailer for The Ivory Game:
Here’s the official synopsis for The Ivory Game:
From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, The Ivory Game is an epic documentary feature that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking. Award-winning director Richard Ladkani and Academy Award®–nominated director Kief Davidson filmed undercover for 16 months with a crack team of intelligence operatives, undercover activists, passionate frontline rangers and tough-as-nails conservationists, to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking. A production from Terra Mater Film Studios and Vulcan Productions, the film follows poachers in pursuit of the ‘white gold’ of ivory. Ultimately, the film becomes an urgent wake up call that proves time is running out for the African elephants, dangerously nearing closer and closer to extinction.