The Elephant Mother

  • a baby elephant in the watera baby elephant in the water
  • a woman hugging an elephants lega woman hugging an elephants leg
  • a woman and a group of elephantsa woman and a group of elephants


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Fri, Feb 10 1:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:United Kingdom
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Jez Lewis


One woman’s quest to help save Thailand’s iconic and once-sacred elephants. A classic fable of good versus evil, David against Goliath and a timely exposé; we follow Lek Chailert, a Thai woman, as she struggles to rescue abused elephants from the horrifically cruel but secretive and deceptive Thai tourist industry, hoping to give them a life free from cruelty and exploitation. Whilst she is globally renowned within the conservation world, the odds are all stacked against her as big business, political corruption and a ‘mafia’ of traders and traffickers are ranged against her. But as the world hurtles into a global pandemic, Lek cleverly identifies this time of uncertainty and fear as an opportunity to out-maneuver her enemies and turn the tables.

In English and Thai with English subtitles.

Tickets: $15 (Members from $10)

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