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Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story (2018)

Love & Bananas (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, Action, Adventure | 27 April 2018 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Lek Chailert Lek Chailert ... Self
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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.

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On "Maltin on Movies" podcast May 9, 2018, "Ashley Bell, John Micheal McCarthy III and Roddy Tabatabai," Ashley Bell stated that Originally, the film was supposed to be a short documentary, until they arrived and realized there was a deeper story to be told. See more »

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A must see!
28 July 2018 | by elinakristoffersenSee all my reviews

Wow, I'm in totalt shock over the reviews! How can people be so blind? This is an honest documentary revealing the torture of baby elephants and what they go through in order to be service animals. "Sadly" they don't show the worst examples because this documentary is also ment for younger kids to watch. But just imagine how some baby elephants will try to stand on their trunk to kill themself under the "phajaan", because they can't bare the suffer anymore. They are incredible emotional animals, who belong together with their herd. And also, the founder is putting herself in a very vulnerable position since the authorities in Thailand will do what it takes to keep this their secret - because the tourism industry is their main income. It's corrupt. Lek had dedicated her life to save these animals and she has taken videos of tortured animals to educate people to receive better help. She can't just run into a bad situation where a baby elephant gets tortured, she needs to get her people on her side as well. Animals have no rights in Thailand, and the authorities will do nothing about it. Her organization is in the hands of us and she needs to get the word out there in order to help the elephants. It IS an insane expensive process. I've been to Thailand myself and worked with rescued elephants, and they suffer. Not only physical, but also they have sever mental issues.. -an elephant never forgets. I hope people will start educating each other about what is happening behind the curtains, and put an end to animal cruelty.

And no - Lek rescues old service elephants to give them a last chance of a worthy life. I've been there myself and witnessed happy elephants having experienced mahouts without any form of tools. DON'T BELIEVE THE LIES!


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