Highlighting the plight of Kerala’s captive elephants

Sangita Iyer describes her connection with elephants as ‘soulful.’ “On a trip to India in December 2013, I was devastated to see how captive elephants were taken care of. The 92-minute documentary depicts the plight of temple and captive elephants in Kerala and was shot by Sangita and her team in 2014 in Kerala and predominantly features the Thrissur Pooram festival. “We shot over 200 hours of footage, which included videos shot undercover of elephants being ill-treated at various places in Kerala. The elephants, she said, were often beaten, starved and not given adequate meals and not treated for any wounds. The documentary has won honours at the Los Angeles Cine Fest and Miami Independent Film Festival, besides being a finalist at the International Elephant Film Festival and winning the Golden Award at the World Documentary Awards.

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