“Gambling On Extinction” wins prestigious prize at NaturVision

“Gripping as a thriller” – “Gambling on Extinction” wins the German Environmental and Sustainability Award11779929_850232115059270_5074776321048937206_o

“Gambling on Extinction” wins the German Environmental and Sustainability Award at NaturVision Film Festival on Sunday (July 26, 2015). The jury statement reads: “Gambling on Extinction grab you like a thriller and takes you into the abyss of globalised world”. [READ FULL STATEMENT HERE – GERMAN]

The hard-hitting documentary investigates the international trade in illegal wildlife products and has been previously awarded the Prize of the President of the Festival Committee at Ekotop Film Festival in Bratislava, and was shown at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC.

Gambling on Extinction takes you from the killing fields in Kenya and South Africa to the trading hubs of Vietnam and China with undercover investigators, rangers, ex-poachers, conservationists and buyers. Director Jakob Kneser exposes the lethal mechanisms of the global trade, the terrorist connection, explains who the customers are, what generates demand, and what can be done to stop the slaughter. It is a film about greed and a merciless battle over a limited resource: Wild elephants and rhinos. It is in fact the dark side of globalization: Ivory and rhino horn have become lucrative commodities. It is now a 20 billion dollar a year business, the most lucrative after drugs and weapons and has been taken over by powerful, connected, heavily armed international syndicates.

Producer, Tristan Chytroschek, travelled to Ludwigsburg to pick up the prize. 

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We’d like to extend congratulations to the other nominees in this category:

BrückenJahre
Directed by: Peter Benedix

Filet Oh! Fish
Directed by: Nicolas Daniel

Banking Nature
Directed by: Denis Delestrac, Sandrine Feydel

Zwischen den Welten – Im Land der Ahnen
Directed by: Sabine Holzer

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