Love and Bananas: An Elephant Story
Q&As Fri after 7:15pm show and Mon after 3:15pm show!
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Q&A Fri after 7:15pm show with Ashley Bell - Director, Lek Chailert - subject of the film and founder of the Elephant Nature Preserve, Sandee Chaiyapong - owner of Thailand's Elephand Haven Sanctuary, John Michael McCarthy - writer and David Casselmann - executive producer!
Q&A Mon after 3:15pm show with Ashley Bell - Director, Lek Chailert - subject of the film and founder of the Elephant Nature Preserve, Sandee Chaiyapong - owner of Thailand's Elephand Haven Sanctuary, John Michael McCarthy - writer, David Casselmann - executive producer and Roddy Tabatabai - cinematographer!
Elephant rescues in Thailand are rare, unpredictable and often life threatening. After waiting over 2 years, actor/director Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by world renowned Asian elephant conservationist and TIME Magazine's Hero of Asia, Sangdeaun Lek Chailert, embark on a daring mission to rescue Noi Na, a 70-year old captive, partially blind trekking elephant and bring her 500 miles across Thailand to freedom. African elephants are slaughtered for their ivory, but sadly the plight of the Asian Elephant has been completely overlooked even though they are the elephant we are most familiar with in zoos, circuses and elephant rides. Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story exposes the cruel secret that every Asian elephant has had to endure to become a service animal; a process known as Pajan, aka The Crush Box. The heartwarming film aims to ignite a sense of hope, and a new way of thinking about this species, while exposing the plight of Asian elephants and the people who work tirelessly to save them.