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Poaching documentary draws praise at Sundance Festival

Called 'Trophy', the film shows the complex issues at play between South Africa and the United States when it comes to hunting.

FILE: San Parks officials sedate a male white rhino before translocating it to a safer area. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

UTAH – A documentary about poaching and conservation is drawing praise at the Sundance Film Festival.

Called Trophy, the film shows the complex issues at play between South Africa and the United States when it comes to hunting.

The directors of Trophy, Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau, say they want to present the facts from all sides.

Clusiau says, “We hope that people will leave with more questions than answers, and within that a dialogue will be created that maybe there isn’t one right way or wrong way.”

But Schwarz believes South African rhino breeder John Hume, who's been clashing with the government over the rhino horn trading ban, is onto something that others could copy.

“Privatisation of breeders and encouraging breeding is a successful model and I know the animal rights movement is going to hate me for it, but I think they are wrong.”

The film has been lauded for its thorough exploration of the subject.

(Edited by Neo Koza)