The Elephant Whisperers 

Documentary |  Tamil with English subtitles | 39 minutes


Bomman and Bellie are an indigenous couple living in southern India. They are entrusted to care for an orphaned elephant calf named Raghu. They work hard to make sure the fragile, injured and abandoned elephant survives. As they care for and nourish Raghu, a strong bond develops between them. The documentary also highlights the life of the tribal people living in harmony with nature.

Major Participants:
Bomman and Bellie, an indigenous couple living in the Nilgiris mountain region in southern India.
Yalitza Aparicio (Cleo) / Marina de Tavira (Sofia) / Fernando Grediaga (Antonio)
Why Stream This Film?
“ELEPHANT WHISPERERS is a hopeful story of the respect for and cooperation with nature in an era rife with conflict and denial of the threats to our beautiful planet. We hope this film helps create more awareness, empathy, and connection to elephants and other living beings that we share the spaces with.” – Kartiki  Gonsalves, Director/Producer
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Short Documentary
  • IDA Documentary Awards: Nominated, Best Short Documentary

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An Oscar for THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS – a love story about people and pachyderms.
Kamala Thiagarajan


After watching THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS, the exquisitely crafted and uplifting documentary about the enduring connections forged between elephants and people, I can’t imagine a world without them.
Andrew Stover

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