Elephants are being used by humans in different ways such as for logging, agriculture, transportation, zoos, circuses and other types of entertainment. Another big issue are poachers killing elephants for their tusks. If you want to educate yourself then watch these eight films or choose your favourites.
How I Became An Elephant (2012)
Juliette West, a student from Los Angeles, goes on a trip to Thailand together with her father and a film crew led by Tim Gorski to educate themselves and try to help elephants in need. They meet Lek Chailert a woman known for helping elephants. Together they find out how elephants in Thailand are being treated. Watch the trailer below and find the full length documentary on this link. Find the official website here.
How I Became An Elephant Trailer
Elephant Whisperer (2012)
If you want to know more about Lek Chailert and what she is doing for the elephants in Thailand then check out Elephant Whisperer! This documentary is directed and produced by Icelandic Jóhann Sigfússon, Anna Dís Ólafsdóttir and Hinrik Ólafsson. Find the 50 minutes long documentary here and the official website here.
Elephant Whisperer Trailer
Tyke Elephant Outlaw (2015)
Tyke was an elephant used in circus entertainment in Hawaii. When she escaped the circus mistreatment, killed her trainer and ran through the streets of Honolulu she was shot down and killed. This was in 1994. The tragic events with Tyke was followed by a discussion about animals in entertainment.
Tyke Elephant Outlaw has been awarded several times. Find more information on the official site here.
Tyke Elephant Outlaw Trailer
The Eyes Of Thailand (2012)
This award-winning 62 minutes long documentary will warm your heart. Many elephants in Thailand are used for logging, agriculture and transportation. There are also a number of land mines on the ground that hurt both humans and elephants. In The Eyes Of Thailand we get to follow the process of giving an elephant an artificial leg. Find more information on the official site here.
The Eyes Of Thailand Trailer
For The Love Of Elephants (2010)
This 46 minutes long documentary was filmed in Kenya, Africa. It focuses on orphaned baby elephants and their keepers in a rehabilitation centre. It really shows its viewers that compassion is important. Watch the trailer below and find the official site here.
For The Love Of Elephants Trailer
Gods In Shackles (2016)
This documentary focus on the exploitation and abuse of elephants in the Indian province Kerala, where festivals are held and elephants are being used as workforce and more. Gods In Shackles is produced and directed by Sangita Iyer. Find official site here.
Gods In Shackles Pre-production Trailer
Gods In Shackles Trailer
An Apology To Elephants (2013)
This HBO documentary is about 40 minutes long. With footage from circuses and other places this film shows us different ways that elephants are being exploited. Find it’s trailer on HBO’s site.
The Urban Elephant (2001)
Allison Argo, from ArgoFilms, has been awarded for her films several times. One can tell that she really cares for animals and has been making documentaries about cats, frogs, gorillas and of course elephants. This film, The Urban Elephant, was finished in 2001. The film is about elephants that have been used in North America but originating from Asia. We, the viewers, get to follow seven elephants to so to speak hear their story. This is an eye-opening documentary. Find official site here.
The Urban Elephant – Opening sequence
So that was eight films about elephants and how they are being treated by humans. As a bonus I’m throwing in a really short film (it’s only three minutes short) that I encourage you to watch. It’s very well made 🙂
Last Days (2014)
Last Days is a thought provoking short animated documentary presenting how the ivory trade is killing elephants and supports terrorism. Watch it below! It’s only three minutes long. Find the official site here.
And just to remind you. Never support animal abuse! Don’t ride elephants, nor give money to “entertainment” with elephants. Speak up against elephant abuse if you can! Never buy ivory, the elephants tusks. And don’t forget to teach your children compassion toward animals, one way is by not taking them to circuses that have animals performing.
I believe one can learn a lot by watching these films and understand more about these beautiful animals, how they are being treated and what we can do to help them.
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