Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Elephant Refugees


Year: 2020
Run Time: 81 minutes

Elephant Refugees
Elephant Refugees
Elephant Refugees
Elephant Refugees
Elephant Refugees

When Botswana banned elephant poaching in 2014, something incredible happened: the news of the safe haven spread among herds, prompting a mass elephant migration into Botswana from neighboring countries. Now, with nearly 60% of the world’s elephants residing in Botswana, the ecosystem is buckling under the pressure of supporting them. Climate change and unprecedented drought have created a water crisis for the masses of elephant refugees. After a long and tiring journey in search of safety, many elephants end up at the Moller family’s bush lodge, Elephant Sands, in desperate need of water. From the frontlines of the climate crisis, the Moller family struggles to provide water to as many as 500 elephants a day. When the elephants don’t get what they need, they often break into the lodge bathrooms, turning on the faucets with their trunks and drinking out of the sinks and toilets. The Moller’s dedication to aiding the elephants is strong. But with dwindling resources, they can only do so much. An unflinching look at the elephant migration crisis in Botswana, ELEPHANT REFUGEES documents the tragic and complex realities of unintended consequences. — G.S.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 6:30 PM ET

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 11:30 AM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

African Diaspora

Global Health Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Louise Hogarth

Louise Hogarth, Lynn Webb

Alistair Lyne

Mario Del Bello, Huikai Cu

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