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Ivory. A Crime Story

The documentary investigation, which took 3 years to shoot in 30 countries, seeks to find the causes and consequences of the unprecedented extermination of African elephants.
Every 15 minutes one elephant is killed by a poacher in Africa; within 10 years, elephants could be completely wiped out from the wild. Where does the source of the “genocide” lay?
Sergey Yastrzhembskiy, a former Russian politician, press secretary to Boris Yeltsin and aide to Vladimir Putin, gives a frank answer to that question in his new devastating documentary investigation.
The film received somewhat controversial reviews at international festivals, primarily due to its rawness and shocking revelations. The filmmaker does not comply with any principles of political correctness, exposing some shocking real images of the killing of elephants, while on the other hand showing those luxury shops, which sell ivory to willing customers. All of that is shown within a set of interviews with passionate elephant advocates, fighting a war to save the elephants.
In January 2017 Ivory. A crime story won the Golden Eagle Award for Best Documentary by National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia.
Runtime: 87 min.

  • Sergey Yastrzhembskiy
  • Sergey Yastrzhembskiy
  • Sergey Yastrzhembskiy
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Кровавые бивни
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 27 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 23, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,000,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, China, France, Gabon, Holy See (Vatican City State), India, Italy, Kenya
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    Full HD
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  • Student Project:
  • 7th New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF)
    New York
    United States
    May 16, 2016
    North American Premiere
    Best Feature Documentary
  • 38th Moscow International Film Festival
    Russian Federation
    May 28, 2017
    Russian Premiere
  • Views of the World
    September 26, 2017
    Canadian Premiere
    “Best director” and Special Prize of the jury “For humanism in cinema art”.
  • Rome Film Festival
    October 21, 2017
    Italian Premiere
    Jury Award
  • the Golden Eagle Award 2016
    Russian Federation
    January 27, 2017
    "Best Documentary Film"
Director Biography - Sergey Yastrzhembskiy

Former diplomat, politician, Boris Yeltsin’s spokesman, and aide to Vladimir Putin. Since 2008 Sergey has dedicated his life to his passion for documentary photography and filmmaking, mainly throughout the African continent but also in other far flung corners of the globe. His full-length film Africa. Blood and Beauty won the Golden Eagle Award by the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia in nomination Best Documentary of 2013. In 2016 Sergey released the investigation documentary, Ivory. A Crime Story, which received the Golden Eagle Award for Best Documentary of 2016.

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