Friday 23rd February 2024

The Elephant Whisperers: India’s First Documentary Film Wins Oscar

The Elephant Whisperers made history by being the first Indian documentary to receive an Oscar.

It defeated contenders like “Stranger at the Gate” and “How do you Measure a Year” to take home the Best Documentary Short Film award at the 95th Academy Award.

The movie shows an indigenous pair named Bomman and Bellie caring for a young orphan elephant.

The precious bond between the animal and those who take care of it is explored in the movie.

“I stand here today to speak of the sacred bond between us and our natural world, for the respect of indigenous communities and empathy towards other living beings we share space with, and finally, coexistence.” the filmmaker Kartiki Gonsalves stated in her acceptance speech.

Producer Guneet Monga announced the victory by posting on Instagram: “Tonight is historic as this is the first ever Oscar for an Indian production. India’s Glory with two women.”

Here is her Twitter post

The first Indian movie to receive an Oscar in this category is “The Elephant Whisperers.” “The House That Ananda Built” in 1969 and “An Encounter With Faces” in 1979, two other pictures nominated for the award for Best Documentary Short, both lost out.

The Elephant Whisperers, captured in the Mudumulai Tiger Reserve’s Theppakadu Elephant Camp in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, shows Bomman and Bellie as they take care of Raghu, an injured baby elephant who becomes isolated from his herd. Raghu is cared for by Bomman and Bellie. Later on, Bellie is also assigned to nurture Ammu, a female elephant baby.

The movie shows an indigenous pair named Bomman and Bellie caring for a young orphan elephant.

The precious bond between the animal and those who take care of it is explored in the movie.

When Raghu approaches puberty, the state’s forest department removes him and gives him to a different carer who is more skilled at caring for elephants during this stage of life. The two are heartbroken and dreadfully missing Raghu.

The documentary is filled with heart touching moments that show how much the elephants and the people who look after are actually take care of each other. Ammu, the infant elephant, once dried Bellie’s tears when she sobbed over Raghu’s departure.

Twitter is flooded with congratulations for the documentary film winning the Oscar for its heart-touching tale from many Indians.

The film wonderfully highlights the importance of sustainable development and living in harmony with nature,” according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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