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One Lucky Elephant

August 22, 2011 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Directed by Lisa Leeman, U.S.A., 2010, 84 mins.

Where does an elephant go after a life in the circus? Sixteen years have passed since circus producer David Balding adopted Flora, the orphaned baby African elephant. As Flora approaches adulthood, he realizes that she is not happy performing. Ultimately, David must face the difficult truth that the circus is no place for Flora and that she needs to be with other elephants. The road to Flora’s retirement, however, is a difficult and emotional journey which tests their bond in unexpected ways.

Ten years in the making, One Lucky Elephant eschews easy sentimentality and does not avoid examining the problems and mysteries posed by keeping wild animals in captivity. This is the denouement of a love story between two individuals (one of them weighing 10,000 pounds!) who share feelings of loyalty, sorrow, admiration and joy. One thing is certain: after watching this film, you will never look at an elephant in a zoo or a circus in the same way again.


August 22, 2011
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Facets Cinémathéque
517 W. Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL United States
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