Here Are Some Observations from Watching CNN Documentary ‘Trophy'

As a new hunter, I expected to be angered by "Trophy"— but was surprised to learn it wasn't entirely anti-hunting.

On Sunday night, I turned to CNN to watch their highly-anticipated documentary…

Billed as a film that lets viewers “inside the powerhouse business of big game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation,” I expected to come out angry and pissed off. Whenever outsiders tackle hunting through a Hollywood lens, it’s usually to target and tarnish the industry’s reputation. However, this project by two photojournalists-turned-filmmakers— Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau—exceeded my expectations. According to Business Insider, the two hadn’t formed strong opinions on trophy hunting so they wanted to explore it through this documentary. While doing initial research for the film, Schwarz—an Israeli native—was displeased to learn about taking a “trophy shot” while Clusiau, a Minnesota native, grew up surrounded by hunters and wasn’t disturbed by the lifestyle.

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