Love and Bananas: An Elephant Story
Elephant rescues in Thailand are rare, unpredictable and often life threatening.
Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers – led by world renowned Asian elephant conservationist Lek Chailert – embark on a daring mission 480 miles across Thailand to rescue Noi Na, a 70-year old partially blind trekking elephant and bring her 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 and Bananas exposes the cruel secret that every Asian elephant has had to endure to become a service animal; a process knows as Pajan, aka The Crush Box. The film aims to ignite a new way of thinking about this species and shows what can be done to prevent the extinction of Asian elephants.
"As heartbreaking as the elephants' shocking situation is, it is equally heartwarming to watch the joy of the compassionate humans and of the animals as they learn they're free and thrive."
"Filmmaker, actor and activist Ashley Bell exposes heartbreaking truths about the plight of the Asian elephant in this clear-eyed, ultimately optimistic activism documentary that packs an urgent emotional punch."
directed by Ashley Bell
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