Love & Bananas
An Elephant Story
Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by world renowned Asian elephant conservationist Lek Chailert, embark on a daring 48-hour mission across Thailand to rescue a 70-year old captive blind Asian elephant and bring her to freedom.
The film is very emotionally staged.
|Production:||Ashley Bell, John McCarthy, Ross Dinerstein|
|Music:||Ian Hultquist, Sofia Hultquist|
|Actors:||Ashley Bell, Lek Chailert|
|Our age recommendation:||14|
|Country of origin:||United States|
|Shooting Locations:||Cambodia, Thailand|
|Screening rights:||Abramorama ()|
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. – Film Journal International
This film is, in many respects, a plain picture, but also a cleareyed, direct, fat-free one that has something to say and says it affectingly. – New York Times
"Love & Bananas" strongly argues against the use of elephants for such things as giving rides to tourists and performing in circuses. What gives those arguments their moral force is the animals themselves, demonstrating intelligence, sociability and emotion. Lek articulately guides us through the process of understanding them better, offering explanations for their behavior that includes crying and covering up their dead with leaves. The sight of a group of blind elephants happily kicking a large ball around a field is enough to make you instantly open your wallet and make a large donation to the organizations prominently featured in this heartwarming film. – The Hollywood Reporter
Directed by actress Ashley Bell, the documentary "Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story" is the type of film that's impossible to come away from unchanged. – Los Angeles Times
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