Magazine article Variety

Jane Goodall Agrees with 'Ivory Game's' Immediate Ban Plan

Magazine article Variety

Jane Goodall Agrees with 'Ivory Game's' Immediate Ban Plan

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Helmer Kief Davidson's documentaries have won awards at the Intl. Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Silver Docs, and AFI. His latest, "The Ivory Game," is in the current awards season conversation and Jane Goodall, world-renowned British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and U.N. Messenger of Peace, explains the urgency and importance of the film's conservation subject and message. The IDFA runs Nov. 16-27. Please visit variety.com/idfa2016 for festival show dailies.

Elephants are one of the most amazing animals on earth, yet unless we get together to help protect them, they could become extinct. Because of us. We all have the power to make a difference and, when we take action, we can have lasting impact. That's why "The Ivory Game," from directors Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson is such an important documentary - it can make all the difference for the elephants and for future generations.

I've spent my life first working with chimpanzees and then raising awareness about the importance of conserving the natural world. I have come to realize how each and every one of us makes an impact on the planet every day and that we have a choice as to what kind of difference we will make. I have seen how, when people come together around a cause, huge change can happen. I've also learned that successful conservation isn't merely about protecting one species or cleaning up a single part of the environment; rather, we need to take a holistic approach, realizing that everything is interconnected. "The Ivory Game" examines why elephants are being slaughtered for their tusks - because of the value of ivory. But the story describes a complex socioeconomic system that, unless we can change it, will lead to the extinction of these amazing beings. It is indeed a complicated situation but "The Ivory Game" explains how each of us can take action to right this wrong.

"The Ivory Game" goes deep into the political, environmental and regulatory drivers behind the illegal ivory trade, taking us through a labyrinth of backroom dealings and covert operations, unfolding like a thriller. As the filmmakers head into increasingly dangerous situations to tell the story, the details reveal that the real fight can't be on just one front. It starts on the ground, with the courage of the rangers fighting the poachers, but it extends to the halls of power. …

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