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Heminway to screen 'Warlords of Ivory' National Geographic documentary April 15 at MOR

March 23, 2016

African ivory and those who fight to protect and profit from it are the topic of "Warlords of Ivory," a National Geographic film produced by John Heminway, an award-winning producer, writer and director and visiting professor at the MSU School of Film and Photography. Heminway will screen his documentary April 15. Screenshot from the film courtesy of National Geographic.

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John Heminway, an award-winning producer, writer and director and visiting professor at the Montana State University School of Film and Photography, will present an exclusive screening of his documentary, “Warlords of Ivory” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the Hager Auditorium of the Museum of the Rockies. A question and answer session with Heminway will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“Warlords of Ivory” is a film about how the illegal Africann ivory trade funds some of the continent’s most notorious militias and terrorist groups.

Heminway produced “War Lords of Ivory” for National Geographic. It tells the story of Bryan Christy, veteran reporter of wildlife trafficking wars and chief correspondent for National Geographic magazine’s new special investigations unit. With the help of one of the world’s top taxidermists, Christy creates a fake tusk and conceals a sophisticated GPS tracker inside.  Christy drops it in the heart of ivory poaching country and monitors its movements to track down the warlords of the ivory trade. 

Warlords of Ivory was honored at the New York Wild Film Festival as Best Conservation Film of the Year, won the International Elephant Film Festival’s Issues and Solutions category and will be honored by the Tusk Trust this April .

Heminway is a writer and filmmaker, with a focus on nature, science, history and Africa. His filmmaking career spans four decades and includes two Emmys, two Peabodys and a DuPont Columbia Journalism award. Richard Leakey appointed him chairman of WildlifeDirect in 2013.

The event is presented by Headwaters Academy, which provides sixth through eighth grade students with an academically challenging education in a supportive, small class environment on its Bozeman campus.