Chandani: The Daughter of the Elephant Whisperer

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Chandani: The Daughter of the Elephant Whisperer
Arne Birkenstock, 2010
Germamy/Sri Lanka | Format: Digibeta | 87 minutes

Chandani’s great-great-grandfather was a mahout, an elephant trainer. The skills are usually passed down to the sons, but Chandani has no brothers and she wants the job. In this documentary film that feels like fiction, Chandani breaks with tradition and challenges everyone’s beliefs that a girl cannot train an elephant. Her father brings her a baby elephant and she eagerly takes up the challenge of getting him, and herself, ready to ride in the Perahera, a noisy festival where decorated elephants are paraded through the town. An engaging and dramatic story, this film will have your kids asking for an elephant for their next birthday. Winner of the LOLA award for Best Children’s Film (Germany). Ages 8+

Venue: Film Center Amphitheater

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