RICHARD LADKANI (director and cinematographer) has gained international recognition for his award-winning feature documentaries. His 2016 Netflix original documentary, The Ivory Game, executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, produced by Walter Köhler and co-directed by Kief Davidson, was shortlisted for an Academy Award. An investigative docu-thriller about the illegal ivory trade and the threat of elephant extinction, the movie premiered at the Telluride and Toronto International Film festivals and won multiple international awards. Ladkani gained most of his early experience in New York City, where he lived for more than six years before moving back to Europe. His signature “you-are-there” approach to filmmaking gives audiences an immediate and visceral connection to his subjects.