EXCLUSIVE: “When we talk about saving the lion, deep down, we are talking about saving ourselves.” Here’s a teaser from the upcoming documentary film King Of Beasts: The Story Of Lion Trophy Hunting, which explores the contentious nature behind the “sport” that became a flashpoint after the killing of Cecil the Lion last year.

King Of BeastsDirected by Nadav Harel and Tomer Almagor, the pic profiles an American hunter’s tenacious pursuit of his 14th lion trophy as well as activists who seek to secure the species’ survival beyond this threatened generation. It also unveils the inner working of an economy that relies on the revenue stream provided by the hunters. “He’s not Simba,” the hunter says. “He kills. That’s how he survives, and that’s all he knows.” The complexity of this issue throws into stark relief the question of where savagery truly lies – and who is the King of Beasts.

With primary photography wrapped and picture locked, King Of Beasts has launched an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign seeking funding to finalize sound design, score, coloring, mastering, and branding to bring its important tale to the world.

The film is produced by Harel, Gabrielle Almagor, Bryan Gambogi and Mark Steele.