December 7, 2011
"One Lucky Elephant" on DVD
Documentary is a moving testament to the human-animal bond
"A ten thousand pound love story"
Ten years in the making, "One Lucky Elephant" begins with circus producer David Balding’s realization that Flora, the orphaned African elephant he adopted and made the star of his show, should no longer be performing. What unfolds is a nine-year odyssey to find her the best possible environment in which to live out her life. Can she be returned to the wild? Can a zoo possibly provide for her needs, or is a sanctuary her best option? And how will David cope with giving up Flora, with whom he shares an undeniable bond?
Having screened to great acclaim at film festivals throughout the U.S. and internationally, the award-winning "One Lucky Elephant" was released in theaters in New York and Los Angeles before premiering on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in December 2011. Film critic Roger Ebert said the film was, "Simple enough to delight a child and complex enough to baffle a philosopher."
The consequences of captivity
In following Flora and David’s incredible story, "One Lucky Elephant" explores the consequences of raising wild animals in captivity and making them perform, revealing the damaging effects of being disconnected from their natural habitats and their own kind, as well as the unintended impact of the human imprint.
An unexpected love story
As a virtual “poster child” for all species taken from the wild, Flora’s eventual retirement reveals why she might be indeed regarded as "One Lucky Elephant," but can the same be said for most elephants and other wild animals subjected to life in captivity?
At heart a delicate and unexpected love story that celebrates the human-animal bond, "One Lucky Elephant" will spur audiences to think about our relationship with wild animals and what is truly best for them.