Filmed over several years, Last of the Elephant Men shows the effect of rapid globalization on the indigenous Bunong people of Cambodia. Known for the unique and profound bond they have with elephants, the Bunong struggle to maintain their way of life without commodifying their culture.
A Quebec and France co-production, Last of the Elephant Men follows the story of three Bunong families as they struggle to adapt. A man seeks to make amends with the elephants he wronged, a woman searches for one who had been part of the family, and a teenage boy begins his training to become a mahout (elephant trainer/caretaker) at a time of accelerating change and unprecedented uncertainty.
Selected by Hot Docs 2015 and in competition with Oscar-winning Citizenfour at the Prague One World Film Festival, Last of the Elephant Men plays at the Vic July 10th to 12th.
Writer and Co-Director Daniel Ferguson will be in attendance at all four screenings!