TITLE: When Lambs Become Lions
DIRECTOR: Jon Kasbe
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2018
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: USA
DURATION: 79 min.
In a Kenyan town bordering wildlife conservation land, two men try to hold onto theirÐncreasingly fragile status quo. A small-time ivory dealer fights to stay on top while forcesÐobilize to destroy his trade. When he turns to his younger cousin, a conflicted wildlife rangerÐho hasnâ•Žt been paid in months, they both see a possible lifeline.Ð’dThe plummeting elephant population in Africa has captured the attention of the world. And as the government cracks down, the poachers face their own existential crisis. For them, conservationists are not only winning their campaign to value elephant life over its ivory, but Over human life as well. Who are these hunters who will risk death, arrest and the moral outrage of the world to provide for their families?
Director, Producer, Cinematographer and Editor
Born to an Australian mother and an Indian father, Jon Kasbe spent most of his childhood
traveling extensively. Growing up in this environment instilled in him a deep curiosity and desire to explore the world. He soon found documentary filmmaking to be a way to immerse himself in his travels and share discoveries with others. At age 10, he bought his first camera in order to interview children in war torn Serbia, where his parents were volunteering. Now, at 27, his short films have screened around the world, garnering an Emmy Award, two Emmy nominations, and recognition from the Webbys, SXSW, Hot Docs, Vimeo Staff Picks, and The White House News Photographers Association.
WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS, which he filmed, directed and produced, is his feature-length film debut.