Ivory. A Crime Story joins the long list for the Oscars
The investigative documentary feature by Sergey Yastrzhembsky 'Ivory. A Crime Story' was long-listed for the 89th Academy Awards, The Hollywood Reporter says.
145 documentary feature films from all over the world have been submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the feature doc Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards. Two of them raise the problem of extermination of African elephants. And the primary rival of Sergey Yastrzhembsky is none other than Leonardo DiCaprio, executive producer of the documentary 'The Ivory Game'.
Shortly before the long list announcement, two reputable US newspapers The New York Times and Los Angeles Times released reviews on the film 'Ivory. A Crime Story'.
As Ken Jaworowski says in The New York Times review (November 3, 2016) entitled ‘Ivory. A Crime Story,’ or the Plight of African Elephants: “The animals seem more humane than people in “Ivory. A Crime Story.” This roughly constructed yet passionate documentary isn’t shy about showing the massacre of elephants or about calling out the groups implicit in the killings. That bluntness and courage usually overrides the uneven filmmaking.” The author of the review believes, that this story remains crucial. “The bloodiest scenes are difficult to watch — seeing one elephant shot and moaning as it’s hacked with machetes by poachers is extraordinarily brutal. Mr. Yastrzhembsky hasn’t chosen a pleasant topic, and to his credit, he treats it with the harshness it deserves”, - emphasizes the journalist.
Katie Walsh, the author of the review in Los Angeles Times (November 10, 2016), wrote after watching the film: “The shocking documentary “Ivory. A Crime Story” doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to depicting the lawless hunt for elephant ivory that spans the globe.” She remarked that Yastrzhembsky heavily implicated the increased influence of Chinese industry and tourism in Africa as a factor in the illegal smuggling of ivory.
“The situation seems dire in many ways, - said Katie Walsh. - Though Yastrzhembsky offers some hope at the end of the film, along with solutions to controlling demand in the ivory market. It’s a powerful call to action and a reminder of the bloody global implications contained in a single trinket.”
In December members of the Academy’s documentary branch will announce whether Sergey Yastrzhembsky's film 'Ivory. A Crime Story' will be shortlisted to the Oscars 2017.