To present its activities and to offer the public a view of the what the elephant represents in India, the Foundation has participated in 2004 in the filming of a series of 3 documentaries: "ELEPHAS MAXIMUS" that was shown in Europe on ARTE Television in January 2005 and March 2007, and on TV5 worldwide.
ELEPHAS MAXIMLUS is the scientific, latin name of the Asian elephant. The trilogy offers a comprehensive understanding of the Asian elephant at the crossroad of tradition, ecology and culture.
In the heart of Asia's most densely populated forest with wild elephants, in southern India, near Mysore, Prajna Chowta and the filmmaker Philippe Gautier, have filmed these great animals with unprecedented proximity as part of an exceptional three part documentary series, in which Prajna is the protagonist.
PART 1 - OF ELEPHANTS AND MEN
5000 years of working with elephants in Asia. A brief history of the mahouts or elephant trainers, from the Mauryan Empire to the British times, until the last Mysore Kheddas or grand captures.
PART 2 - MEETING WITH REMARKABLE ANIMALS
The Asian elephant in the wild faces the loss of its habitat, and suffers from a conflict with one of the largest human population in the world. (Includes 3D animations of the extinct species of Proboscideans.)
PART 3 - GOD AND THE ELEPHANT
The elephant as a symbol in Hindu mythology and in the imagination of Indians. How culture and belief participated in the conservation of wildlife in Indian history.
Director: Philippe Gautier
Writers : Philippe Gautier and Prajna Chowta
Edited by : Giuliano Papacchioli
Sound designer: Jean Mallet
Documentary: 3 x 52 minutes
Production: Les Films d'Ici, 24 images
Broadcast: Arte, TV5 Monde
International sales: Europe Images International
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