8.1/10
418
3 user 1 critic

An Apology to Elephants (2013)

Narrated by Lily Tomlin, this documentary short traces mankind's long history with elephants and explores the many problems that arise when they are brought to live in captivity in zoos and circuses.

Director:

Amy Schatz

Writer:

Jane Wagner
Reviews
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Lily Tomlin ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Derby ... Self (PAWS)
Colleen Kinzley ... Self (Oakland Zoo)
Jeff Kinzley ... Self (Oakland Zoo)
Ross MacPhee ... Self
Rose McCoy ... Self (activist)
Cynthia Moss ... Self (Amboseli Trust for Elephants)
Joel Parrott ... Self (Oakland Zoo)
Katy Payne ... Self (Elephant Listening Project)
Joyce Poole ... Self (ElephantVoices)
Mel Richardson ... Self (veterinarian)
Ed Stewart ... Self (PAWSsanctuaries)
Learn more

More Like This 

Every Brilliant Thing (TV Movie 2016)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A son creates a list of things worth living for--all in an attempt to raise the spirits of his chronically depressed mother--in this adaptation of the acclaimed one-character show.

Stars: Jonny Donahoe
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A woman in Pakistan sentenced to death for falling in love becomes a rare survivor of the country's harsh judicial system.

Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Stars: Asad Jamal, Saba
Documentary | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Between 2013 and 2015, a group of nonprofit attorneys seek nonhuman clients for whom they can advocate in two U.S. territories, in order to establish legal personhood for elephants, cetaceans and nonhuman apes in the U.S.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Steven M. Wise
We Stand Alone Together (TV Movie 2001)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Compiled over two years, an 'on-camera oral history' of Easy Company, told by the veterans themselves. Accompanies the mini-series Band of Brothers.

Director: Mark Cowen
Stars: James Alley Jr., Roderick Bain, Lynn 'Buck' Compton
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Using extensive interviews with survivors and archival footage, an examination reveals the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Director: Steven Okazaki
Stars: Harold Agnew, Shuntaro Hida, Kiyoko Imori
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A moving look at a couple's inspiring efforts to save their only son Sam from the rare and fatal premature-aging disease of progeria.

Directors: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix
Stars: Sam Berns, Leslie Gordon, Scott Berns
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A look at the life, work, activism and controversies of actress and fitness tycoon, Jane Fonda.

Director: Susan Lacy
Stars: Jane Fonda, Richard Nixon, Robert Redford
Wartorn: 1861-2010 (TV Movie 2010)
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

With suicide rates among active military servicemen and veterans currently on the rise, the HBO special WARTORN 1861-2010 brings urgent attention to the invisible wounds of war. Drawing on ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Alpert, Ellen Goosenberg Kent, and 1 more credit »
Agnelli (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of Gianni Agnelli, the legendary Italian industrialist and playboy, as told by family, lovers, professional confidants, and rivals.

Director: Nick Hooker
Stars: Edoardo Agnelli, Giovanni Agnelli, Marella Agnelli
Americans in Bed (TV Movie 2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Ten American couples--captured in the comfort of their own beds--openly discuss romance, sex, trust and love in candid interviews. From young New Yorkers who have split up 26 times to ... See full summary »

Director: Philippa Robinson
Stars: Linda Delez, Margie Delez, Helen
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A chilling portrait of what happens when activism rattles the institutions of power.

Directors: Denis Henry Hennelly, Casey Suchan
Stars: Steven Best, Heidi Boghosian, George W. Bush
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

For the third time, HBO cameras go inside Trenton State Maximum Security Prison--and inside the mind of one of the most prolific killers in U.S. history--in this gripping documentary. Mafia... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Ginsberg
Stars: Richard Kuklinski, Park Dietz
Edit

Storyline

Narrated by Lily Tomlin, this documentary short traces mankind's long history with elephants and explores the many problems that arise when they are brought to live in captivity in zoos and circuses.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Short

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Himself (veterinarian): What is the problem with the elephant in the room? The room. That's the problem. Elephants don't belong in barns. They don't belong in rooms. Their body evolved to be moving. They need to move. They don't need to stand still; they don't need to stand still on concrete and hard surfaces.
See more »

Connections

Featured in 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (2013) See more »

User Reviews

 
Deeply Moving.
18 May 2013 | by fbook-arpSee all my reviews

Elephants are one of the most majestic and intelligent of all animals, and their familial and social connections rival ours.

Yet here we are, the cruel humans, beating and bull-hooking these gentle giants to within an inch of their life so they can learn to perform tricks for us.

Watching this movie was hard. Very hard, even for someone like me who knew about the tremendous abuse these elephants suffer since the time they were born and tore away from their mothers, till they die a beaten animal around 40 years age, half their normal life span. Might as well die early - why live this way?

But watch it, you all must. And it will make you think - and if you are someone with empathy, compassion to animals, you will be hard pressed not to be angry and ticked off. And sad. And resolve not to ever patronize a circus or even a zoo. Yes, zoos are culpable as well.

A great documentary.


15 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apologia Aos Elefantes See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

HBO Documentary Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed