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Roxie Theater: Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story
May 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One event on May 26, 2018 at 4:45 pm
One event on May 27, 2018 at 4:45 pm
One event on May 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm
One event on May 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm
One event on May 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm
One event on May 31, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Lek Chailert (the subject of the film and founder of the Elephant Nature Preserve), Thailand’s Elephant Haven Sanctuary owner Sandee Chaiyapong, director Ashley Bell, writer John Michael McCarthy, executive producer David Casselman and cinematographer Roddy Tabatabai IN PERSON for Q&A after the 4:45pm show on Saturday, May 26!
Love & Bananas is a heartwarming and hopeful film that exposes the plight of Asian elephants and the people who work tirelessly to save them.
Elephant rescues in Thailand are rare, unpredictable and often life-threatening. After waiting 2.5 years, actor/director Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by world-renowned Asian elephant conservationist and TIME Magazine’s Hero of Asia, Lek Chailert, embark on a daring mission 480 miles across Thailand to rescue Noi Na, a 70-year old partially blind trekking elephant and bring her to freedom.
African elephants are slaughtered for their ivory, but sadly the plight of the Asian Elephant has been completely overlooked even though they are the elephant we are most familiar with in zoos, circuses and elephant rides. L&B exposes the cruel secret that every Asian elephant has had to endure to become a service animal; a process known as Pajan, aka The Crush Box. LOVE & BANANAS aims to ignite a new way of thinking about this species and shows what can be done to prevent the extinction of Asian elephants.
Written and directed by Ashley Bell .2018. 77 mins. DCP.