October 6, 2016 • 7pm, 116 MIN
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery

The Ivory Game

Dir. Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani, 2016

With over 150,000 elephants killed in the past five years for their tusks, The Ivory Game documents the urgent plight of the African elephant as it falls victim to a vast underground trade, where a single kilogram of ivory can sell for $3,000. With astonishing footage and a globe-spanning investigation, the film follows the work of wildlife activists, investigators and a Chinese journalist who risk their own lives to take down poachers in Africa and black marketeers in Asia, in a daring effort to save the last remaining elephants. Along the way, the young journalist reexamines the time-honored role of the investigative reporter as uninvolved observer of wrongdoing.