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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 knows 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.
WARNING: THERE IS A SHORT SCENE OF ANIMAL CRUELTY IN THIS FILM WHICH THE FILMMAKER FOUND NECESSARY TO DEPICTED TO EMPHASIZE THE EXTREME URGENCY FOR CHANGE.
“Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story” is the type of film that’s impossible to come away from unchanged.”–Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times Critic
“Anyone who loves elephants (and if you don’t, I want nothing to do with you…seriously) is bound to adore Ashley Bell’s deeply affecting documentary about efforts to save the Asian elephant.”–Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter