“IVORY.A Crime Story” was shown to journalists of the 38th Moscow International Film Festival
Sergey Yastrzhembskiy: «We had so much material that the main problem was to cut the excessive off».
June 27, 2016, a press conference was held devoted to the film “Ivory: A Crime Story”, included to the Special Screenings program of the 38th Moscow International Film Festival. The film was presented by the filmmaker Sergey Yastrzhembskiy, the off-camera spokesman Jeff Koinange, the associate producer Leshan Lebasha and the logistics manager Christian Fleury.
The film “Ivory: A Crime Story” is the result of shooting in 30 countries of the world that were participated by a large international team of people, who are eager to bring public attention to disappearing of African elephants in the wilderness. According to Sergey Yastrzhembskiy, in three years they managed to collect so much material that the main problem was to cut off the excessive.
Today China is the main buyer of ivory, and Russia can do a great service to Africa and help save African elephants. «I was really surprised how much resources there are in depth of the Russian earth. The fossil ivory can replace the elephant ivory, and there is enough material for many generations there”, Sergey Yastrzhembskiy said.
Jeff Koinange emphasized the importance of this film and of the job done. He explained that within the next twenty years elephants may finally disappear unless hunters stop killing them out. “I call everyone to watch this film even those who are not concerned with the problem of elephant extinction”, he said. “It is so important for this project to be realized and to see the light of day”.
The film-makers haven’t yet considered the distribution future of the movie, as it is actively promoted in film festivals. “Our film has already got the award in the New-York International City Film Festival, and now we are presenting it in Moscow. In autumn the film will close the International Film Festival in Montreal”, Sergey Yastrzhembskiy said.