Netflix has released the trailer for its newest doc, The Ivory Game. Executive produced by actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, the film takes cues from spy film storytelling techniques as it goes undercover to shine a light on the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking.
The fimmakers, Academy Award-winning director Richard Ladkani and Oscar-nominated director Kief Davidson, filmed undercover for 16 months in China and Africa to make the film. Working with a team of intelligence operatives, undercover activists, frontline rangers and conservationists, they infiltrated a global network of ivory trafficking to tell the story of how aggressive poaching is decimating the population of wild african elephants in order to supply the decadent tastes of a burgeoning illegal ivory blackmarket.
The film, which was produced by Red Bull-owned Terra Mater Film Studios along with Vulcan Productions, had its global premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and its European premiere at the Wildscreen Festival in Bristol, UK, where it took top honors at the Panda Awards, an event otherwise known as the “green Oscars.” It’s also been chosen for the 2016 Doc NYC Shortlist.
Alongside DiCaprio, Joanne Rey, Dinah Czezik-Mueller, Paul G. Allen, Carole Tomko, Adam Del Deo, Lisa Nishimura and Jennifer Davisson served as executive producers on the film. Wolfgang Knöpfler, Walter Kohler and Kief Davisson served as producers.
The Ivory Game will open on Friday, Nov. 4 at the IFC Center in New York and on Netflix. You can check out the trailer below.