The trailer for Netflix’s newest documentary feel like a summer action blockbuster, but the sad thing is it’s actually real.
The Ivory Game (with Leonardo DiCaprio as executive producer) delves into the dark underground side of ivory trafficking around the world. Illegal ivory trade has been a problem for some time now, but it’s gotten so bad that poachers are now threatening to totally wipe out African elephants.
Around 100,000 African elephants were slaughtered by poachers between 2010 and 2012. That works out to roughly one elephant every 15 minutes.
The directors of the film, Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson, actually spent 16 months filming undercover in three different countries, with the help of local experts. The crew followed illegal poachers through Africa and then traced the ivory through smugglers headed. The film even follows the ivory to vendors in China, the world’s largest ivory market (a single tusk can sometime get up to $200,0000).
The Ivory Game will debut in theaters and for streaming on Nov. 4, 2016.
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