Documentary exposes horrific elephant torture in Cambodia

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Within the new documentary “Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story,” out Friday, American filmmaker Ashley Bell flies to Cambodia to find the scary plight of Asian elephants, a few of the largest animals on Earth, who’re tormented by poachers and exploited in logging camps.

“An in depth household pal owns the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary, and I heard by them they’d been on the lookout for elephants to rescue for about 10 years,” Bell tells The Submit. “Once I heard they lastly had rescued them and had been releasing them onto the sanctuary, it simply hit me to my core. And I mentioned ‘I’ve gotta go.’ ”

The rescue in the movie takes place in Cambodia, the place the group — together with famend elephant knowledgeable Lek Chailert — try to avoid wasting a 70-year-old animal named Noi Na.

Captive elephants like Noi Na are compelled to endure a little-known torture referred to as “The Crush Field,” in which people beat them into submission for days. Noi Na’s expertise left her partially blind.

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Chailert’s strategies for rehabilitating harm elephants are tender and maternal, and most of the animals look to her as a mother. Bell, at first, had doubts.

“[Chailert] treats them like people. She treats them with dignity and respect, and she or he provides them love. I’m a reasonably skeptical particular person, so I used to be like, ‘Positive, Lek,’ ” Bell says. “However I noticed it with my very own eyes. To see the change in Noi Na’s habits as quickly because the chains are taken off and she or he’s made to really feel snug in Lek’s sanctuary. She instantly started consuming, rubbing up in opposition to partitions, protecting herself with grime and scratching her butt.” All good indicators.

Though it may be onerous to witness the struggling of captive elephants, on the sanctuary, Bell says, there was loads of cuteness overload.

“There are some child elephants in the park. To see them get up and simply rush [out] … and fling themselves onto a mud pit,” she says, “was fairly presumably the most effective factor I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Filmmaker Ashley Bell performs with inquisitive elephants on the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary.Change For Steadiness Productions

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