How I Became an Elephant

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How I Became an Elephant follows this wide-eyed fourteen year-old from suburban California on her quest to save the world’s largest land mammals; a quest that takes her halfway across the globe and face to face with the gentle giants she aims to save.

DVD has ENGLISH, SPANISH, THAI, KOREAN and CHINESE subtitles

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how-i-became-elephant-dvd-cover-smHow far would YOU go to save a species? How I Became an Elephant is one girl’s journey to inspire a movement.

When Juliette West set out on a quest to educate herself she got far more than she bargained for. Now she is angry, but her anger is driven by love; love for all that is natural and free.

How I Became an Elephant follows this wide-eyed fourteen year-old from suburban California on her quest to save the world’s largest land mammals; a quest that takes her halfway across the globe and face to face with the gentle giants she aims to save.

On her journey Juliette meets Asia’s famous “Elephant Lady,” Lek Chailert who has risked her life and freedom for more than three decades to protect elephants from illegal trade and abuse. Together these unwavering and determined women from opposite ends of the earth and cultural spectrum converge on common ground: saving elephants. And they will stop at nothing to expose the dark secrets within industries so steeped in greed and corruption… and hopefully reverse the damage.

But Juliette knows time is of the essence. The South East Asian elephant is facing extinction in the wild as animal entertainment and elephant trekking industries grow exponentially. With few laws to protect “domestic” elephants and so much corruption within the system the situation looks bleak. Little does this fourteen year-old know she is about to embark on a journey that will change her life forever.

Part investigative journalism and all adventure, this film and it’s exotic and sometimes disturbing imagery is inspiring folks around the globe to get involved. How I Became An Elephant is far more than just a film. It’s one girl’s story… that led to a movement, which led to a continuing plan… to save a species.

How I Became an Elephant is directed by 16-time award winning filmmakers Tim Gorski and Synthian Sharp and produced by television actor/producer Jorja Fox, David Reuben, and fourteen year-old Juliette West. Award winning cinematographer Jonathan David Kane is behind the lens and Hollywood composer Cody Westheimer weaves a masterful score.

Directors: Tim Gorski
Producers: Jorja Fox
Format: NTSC
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Rattle the Cage Productions
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2013
Run Time: 82 minutes

 

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Weight 0.32 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 6 x 0.5 in
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  1. VIDEO LIBRARIAN Jan-Feb 2014

    HIGHLY RECOMMEDNDED

    Juliette West cares passionately about elephants, so much so that she and her father travel from their suburban California home to Thailand to witness close-up the abuse inflicted on animals in captivity and to help Thai activist Lek Chailert rescue a victim named Ratree. Filmmakers Tim Gorski and Synthian Sharp follow then-14-year-old Juliette, who was aware of the pachyderms’ plight before her trip to a country that is known for “loving” elephants but also subjects them to abuse that appears to be ingrained in Thai culture. The animals are beaten, starved, and struck with harpoon-like hooks that leave deep wounds as they are trained for seemingly benign uses such as carrying riders on treks or painting pictures with their trunks. Ratree, confined with chains and forced repeatedly to mate, has a broken hip as the result of a violent coupling. How I Became an Elephant is sometimes tough to watch (with hidden-camera footage of beasts being hideously treated), but it powerfully documents Juliette’s odyssey, which has sparked a movement to increase awareness of the problem. DVD extras include deleted scenes, and comments from primatologist Jane Goodall on the importance of hope. Highly recommended. Aud :C, P. (F. Gardner)

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