#WatchNow: In Honor of World Elephant Day

Celebrate World Elephant Day with Chandani: Daughter of the Elephant Whisperer and Gardeners of Eden, now available for streaming!

World Elephant Day is Saturday, August 12! The day focuses attention on the plight of Asian and African elephants in an effort to conserve and protect these magnificent creatures.

To learn more about how you can get involved with World Elephant Day, click here. If you’re based in DC like we are and are looking to get outside this Saturday, check out the fifth annual international March for Elephants!

Alternatively, learn more about elephants from the comfort of your own home with these staff-picked films from past festivals, now available for streaming.


Chandani: Daughter of the Elephant Whisperer

2010, Sri Lanka, 88 min


The profession of mahout (elephant whisperer) in Sri Lanka has traditionally been reserved for men. When young Chandani becomes determined to follow in her father’s footsteps and learn the secrets of the trade passed down through generations of her family, she has to show extraordinary dedication to prove herself. A documentary with a strong emotional core, this film perceptively explores the constraints of traditional gender roles. In English and Sinhala with English subtitles.

Directed by Arne Birkenstock.





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