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.

Chandani: Daughter of the Elephant Whisperer

2010 LK 88 min
Festival Year: 2012
Types: Documentary, Watch Now
Topic: Global Perspectives

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