In 1994, a circus elephant named Tyke killed her trainer in front of thousands of spectators and ran through the streets of Honolulu, before dying in a hail of gunfire. Her break for freedom – filmed from start to tragic end – traumatized a city and triggered a global wave of animal rights activism. The testaments of her former trainers and handlers, circus industry insiders, and witnesses to her rampage make clear that this was not a freak accident, but the logical result of the normalized abuse that performing elephants endure in the name of entertainment.


Directed and produced by Stefan Moore and Susan Lambert.

Tyke Elephant Outlaw

2015 US 78 min
Festival Year: 2016
Types: Documentary
Topic: Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Wildlife