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Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz / Feature Documentary / United States of America, United Kingdom, Qatar / 2017 / 90 min / Original Language: English / Interests: Creative Documentary


‘Trophy’ takes an in-depth look at the multi-billion dollar industry behind big-game hunting, animal farming and breeding, both in Africa and the USA. The film explores the complex consequences of imposing economic value on wild animals, in particular rare and threatened species such as the lion, elephant and rhino. Is it cruel or wrong to treat wild animals as commodities? Or does breeding, farming and hunting them perhaps provide the only certain way to protect them?


Shaul Schwarz, Christina Clusiau
Shaul Schwarz
Julia Nottingham, Lucas Ochoa, Lauren Haber, Lars Knudsen
Production Company
Pulse Films

About the Director

Christina Clusiau is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer and photojournalist based in New York City. In 2013, Christina co-founded Reel Peak Films, a production company that specialises in short and long-form documentary films, commercials and television content made with cinematic quality and journalistic integrity. Clusiau shot the Emmy-nominated web series ‘A Year in Space’, in partnership with ‘TIME’ magazine’s Red Border Films, as well as the feature documentary ‘Aida's Secrets’, which had its premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in 2016.

Shaul Schwarz is a documentary film director, cinematographer and award-wining photojournalist. His feature-length documentary ‘Narco Cultura’ (2013) premiered at Sundance and screened at film festivals worldwide, including the Berlin International Film Festival and the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival. He has shot and directed content for TNT, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel and CNN. Schwarz also regular contributes photography to ‘TIME’ magazine and ‘National Geographic’. Based in New York City, he is currently producing short film content for online publications while developing his third feature-length documentary. He is a co-founder of Reel Peak Films.

Awards and Festival History


"Sundance FF 2017, Best US Documentary Competition (WP)
IDFA 2017, Camera in Focus - Best of Fests "


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    Julia Nottingham

    Dorothy Street Pictures1

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