“Elephant Whisperers” is one of the sweetest films I have ever watched. Straightforwardly but with a level of stunning depth, it tells us a tender story, for it shows the familial relationship between two baby elephants who separately lost their parents and who, after wandering in despair and hungry, end up taken care of by humans.
The camera follows the life of Bomman and Bellie, a man and a woman in South India who raise baby wild elephants as assigned by the forest department. Their tribe has taught them how to do it, generation through generation. In the process, these two also get to know each other a little more.
Perhaps it is the music so sweet to my ears or the beauty of the land -and how the lens captures the forest and its surroundings, but this film pulls you into nature and the simple yet unique life of these people and their routine.
Get ready to watch the sweetest documentary showing the simplicity of love and the human connection with wild animals and the forest.
Elephant Whisperers was directed by Kartiki Gonsalves and is a contender for the 2023 Oscars in the Documentary Short Subject category.