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Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story (2018)

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Lek gives "Love & Bananas" humanity, but Bell's personality and enthusiasm is contagious, inviting us into the film. We root right along with her.

May 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

"Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story" is the type of film that's impossible to come away from unchanged.

May 1, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

April 26, 2018 | Full Review…

An informative, emotionally charged documentary about animal cruelty and the people who are trying to stop it.

April 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Even small efforts to rectify human misdeeds cause suffering to animals, and Bell seems aware of this balance of consequences.

April 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Love & Elephants has a message to impart but it's never preachy or pedantic. It accomplishes its goals with heartfelt enthusiasm. What more could one ask of a documentary?

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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