When Elephants Were Young
Hot Docs Ted Rogers CinemaTue, Nov 22, 2016 6:30 PM Not Available
Film Info
Run Time:90 min
Director(s):Patricia Sims
Featuring:Narrated by William Shatner

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Wok and his young elephant Nong Mai share a life of struggle and begging on the street in gritty Bangkok. Their tender bond reveals a complex coexistence. One day, the opportunity comes to release Nong Mai to the wild. Can an elephant who has only known a life of captivity survive in the forest? This provocative and bittersweet film is a surprising view into the paradoxes of elephants in captivity, dismantling common beliefs about the age-old relationship between human and elephant. Despite imminent threats to the future of Asian elephants, the opportunity for Nong Mai's survival may be a happy ending that offers hope for all.

Director Patricia Sims will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

Critical praise:

  • Times Colonist - "One of the film’s strongest assets is its narration by Shatner, who also narrated the duo’s shorter 2012 documentary Return to the Forest."
Additional Information

Winner—Best Documentary Feature, Palm Beach International Film Festival 2016