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Roar of the Elephant
A Story of Filmmaking

Roar of the Elephant
A Story of Filmmaking

The background of the film project

   A herd of wild elephants scavenge for food at a garbage dump adjacent to a forest. We saw this picture of elephants on the Internet in December 2020, and it became the catalyst for us to make a documentary film. Elephants are familiar to those of us who work in film production based in Northern Thailand. We have witnessed the destruction of nature and the garbage problem caused by rapid economic development in Thailand on a daily basis. That’s why…

Reunion with animal rights activist Lek

   While the search for elephants continues, there was one crucial encounter that spurred us to start our film project. It was a five-year reunion with Sanduan “Lek” Chailert, an internationally renowned Asian elephant conservationist. About 20 years ago, Ms. Lek was the first Thai to speak out against the animal cruelty behind elephant tourism, and he gained a great deal of support from overseas. But domestically, she…

About Asian Elephants

   In Thailand, wild elephants are protected by the government under the Wildlife Protection Act enacted in 1992. In Thailand, wild elephants are protected by the national government under the Wildlife Protection Act enacted in 1992. However, there is no protection law for Asian elephants that work in the tourism industry, and it is up to the owners and elephant camp managers to train and protect the elephants. Because of the business involved, the tourism industry and animal protection organizations have very different values regarding elephant tourism and elephants, and the “tourist elephant” is in a complicated situation.

     Even more serious is the COVID-19…

Inter-conectiveness of lives

   “When we destroy the forest, the various animals in the forest are forced to live in close proximity to each other, which results in the transmission of diseases from animal to animal. As a result, diseases are transmitted from one animal to another, and animals that have been exposed to diseases come into close contact with humans, increasing the possibility of transmission to humans.

   Dr. Jane Gudahl, a world-renowned animal behaviorist who studies chimpanzees, continues, “We are part of the natural world.

    We are part of the natural world…”

What we can do

   A herd of wild elephants scavenge for food at a garbage dump adjacent to a forest. We saw this picture of elephants on the Internet in December 2020, and it became the catalyst for us to make a documentary film. Elephants are familiar to those of us who work in film production based in Northern Thailand. We have witnessed the destruction of nature and the garbage problem caused by rapid economic development in Thailand on a daily basis. That’s why…

What we can do

   A herd of wild elephants scavenge for food at a garbage dump adjacent to a forest. We saw this picture of elephants on the Internet in December 2020, and it became the catalyst for us to make a documentary film. Elephants are familiar to those of us who work in film production based in Northern Thailand. We have witnessed the destruction of nature and the garbage problem caused by rapid economic development in Thailand on a daily basis. That’s why…