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Chandani – The Daughter of the Elephant Whisperer

Original title: Chandani und ihr Elefant
German title: Chandani und ihr Elefant
Germany, 2008

Director: Birkenstock, Arne
Age recommendation: 9 years and up

This docu-fiction tells the story of 16-year-old Chandani from Sri Lanka. The young woman is very close to an injured young elephant that has just been delivered to the elephant orphanage at Pinnawela National Park. If she can succeed in bringing the animal back on its feet, mentally as well as physically, then her father Sunamabanda, the chief mahout in the orphanage and known as the Elephant Whisperer throughout the country, will train her to be the first female mahout in Sri Lanka. If she fails and the animal dies, then her dream will be buried along with it and her family’s long tradition of being mahouts will also come to an end.

Chicago 2010 (awarded), Documentary Edge Film Festival Auckland & Wellington 2011, Sprockets Toronto 2011, ViewFinders Halifax 2011, Buster Copenhagen 2011, Cinemagic Belfast 2011, gkids New York 2012

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