Life Size Memories
Two photojournalists bring a large format camera to Southeast Asia to portray Asian elephants living in captivity and to record their biographies. Ten years earlier, in 1999, they spent months in a logging camp in a mountain range of western Burma. They return to the same camp to find out whether the elephants they had filmed back in 1999 are still there. After Burma, the photographers travel in three other Asian countries to determine how different cultures influence the fate of the animals and their future. The elephant memories become palpable while the life size photographs reveal the individuals behind the collective and shapeless face of the species. Shot and edited over the course of four years, the film explores the lives of individual captive elephants in Burma, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka.Filmmaker Reisinger believes the animals can speak for themselves and he says that’s the guiding philosophy behind the film. Directed and written by Klaus Reisinger and Frederique Lengaigne.