Elephants in Motion Final HD

Elephants in Motion: Tales of Life Transformation opens with the stories of orphaned baby elephants living at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC) due to the loss of their mothers and habitats. They discover ways to cope with trauma while living with their adopted mother elephants at the nursery, and learn to communicate with their human “mahouts”, or lifetime trainers/companions. As they mature, these young elephants enter the mahout training school, where they learn the arts of logging and painting to develop both dexterity and emotional intelligence.

The film goes on to chronicle the experiences of adult “working” elephants and their mahouts, dragging logs in the teakwood forests of the north and the rubber plantations of the south. An in-depth look is taken at the fifty year bond between newly retired logging elephant Boonpradap and her mahout, Uncle Sui, who takes his ailing elephant to the TECC hospital, where she is diagnosed with liver failure due to consumption of contaminated water (pesticides). Uncle Sui is heartbroken when Boonpradap dies in his presence, but an important lesson is learned about sustainability and the true nature of conservation.

Aging and illness is explored at the Pang La Sanctuary, a home for retired logging elephants who are elderly, injured, or emotionally unstable. We also tell the stories of early retired and captive, or confiscated, elephants who live at TECC and work in ecotourism, assisted by an international team of volunteer mahouts.

Executive Producers
Narumol Sriyanond
Nat Mundel

Narumol Sriyanond
Padungsak Vaiyavat
Bonnie Solomon

Advisor Producers
Carole Dean
Jeanne Simon
Hugh Taylor

Associate Producer
Brian Bartone

Narumol Sriyanond

Content Creator
Narumol Sriyanond

Script Writer
Bonnie Solomon

Director of Photography
Padungsak Vaiyavat

Nick Jermyn

Sakchai Charoensuk
Taya Nimcharoenpong
Pontakorn Hoonsapin

Wichaw Apiluxpoovadol

Drone Operator
Wichaw Apiluxpoovadol

Chaiwat Donchai

Sound Design
Chaiwat Donchai

“Elephants in Motion”
Theme Music Score
Kasemson Brahmasubha

Story Supervisor
Claire Papin

Sunee Thanalertkul
Vipavee Arthayukti

Joe Schuster