ELEPHANTS + MANA LITANY OF TRAGEDY
A 60 minute documentary concerned with the long and tragic relationship between elephants and man.
A group of high-school students in Los Angeles were studying elephants. As part of the study watched a film of elephants in the wild.
Fascinated by these intelligent and sensitive animals they asked their teacher to take them to the zoo to see live elephants.
Appalled by the miserable creatures they saw at the zoo in comparison to the majestic creatures in the film, they resolved to do something about it.
They baked and held cupcake sales to raise money for an ad in The Hollywood Reporter for a documentary filmmaker to make a film and try to get the elephants released from the zoo.
I was chosen by the students from the applicants and made this film.
It was then that the real horror emerged of how these elephants are routinely and brutally mistreated in zoos and circuses.
The film was a major success as it forced the zoo to send one of the elephants to PAWS Sanctuary in California.
The other elephants still remain captive in this purgatory.
World premiere in Kat Kramer's screening series, FILMS THAT CHANGE THE WORLD at Sunset Gower studios in Hollywood California. January 20th 2011
Written, filmed and edited by Jacek Kropinski
Audio mix by Jim McKee Earwax Productions with Jeremiah Moore and Andrew Roth.
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