Driving Elephants, a new feature film by A Rocha India and the Karnataka Forest Department, premiered on 30 November in Bangalore. It documents the harsh realities of shrinking forest habitats and a burgeoning city faced by the elephants of Bannerghatta National Park.
As Bangalore steadily grows, elephants are being forced to live in thin strips of forest land. Increasingly, they are moving out of the park and onto nearby farms and plantations in search of foraging grounds. This documentary aims to educate people about human-elephant conflict around Bannerghatta National Park, highlighting the many challenges faced by frontline staff of the Karnataka Forest Department in protecting both the elephants and the humans with whom they come into contact.
The film was produced by Kirsty Wells, a young wildlife filmmaker from the UK with a keen interest in conservation. For more than two months, she worked alongside A Rocha India, filming and documenting elephants around Bannerghatta during the peak crop raiding season.
The film will soon be available to the public to download, after a series of private screenings at colleges, offices and events. For a sneak preview, check out the trailer:
Thumbnail image: Asian Elephant (Jeremy Lindsell)