The Ivory Game

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Hard-hitting and ambitious to a fault, The Ivory Game serves as a fittingly urgent call to action against a looming threat against vulnerable wildlife and a fragile ecosystem.



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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. Time is running out for the African elephants, dangerously nearing closer and closer to extinction.

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  • A documentary that plays with the gripping pacing and glossy production values of a suspenseful, international thriller.

    Nov 4, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While more information on the animals and their ecosystems is needed, the stakes described here are immense, as is the sorrow over majestic creatures massacred only so that their tusks can be made into baubles.

    Nov 3, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The cameras avoid the goriest angles of the mutilated animals, but the horror is amplified as the film moves from the savannas of Kenya and Tanzania to display windows in Hong Kong showcasing carved ivory curios.

    Nov 3, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Granted, advocacy docs tend to be kind of dull, but this one tries way too hard to counteract that perception.

    Nov 3, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

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  • So The Ivory Game is often pushily compelling. If it settled down and trusted viewers, it would stand as a stronger documentary. But this is more a work of activism than journalism.

    Nov 1, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The you-are-there approach to tackling this subject means that The Ivory Game largely avoids lecturing its viewers; instead, the harrowing experience speaks for itself.

    Nov 1, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    Top Critic

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