This beautifully shot documentary is about an unusual family living in a forest in Tamil Nadu, but it is much more than that. The 41-minute film opens with a beautiful montage of forest life.
The Elephant Whisperers on Netflix has received a 2023 Academy Awards nomination in the category of Best Documentary Short. Academy Award which is commonly called Oscar Award. The Indian short film The Elephant Whispers hit the headlines as soon as it was nominated for an Oscar. Anyone who has seen this movie after being in the spotlight couldn’t live without praising it. The movie deserves more than it got. The concept of the movie should have seen the world, but it is rare and hard to find a time slot in Indian movie theaters. Now that the movie has an Oscar nomination, all the old stuff is forgiven. I hope this film gets an Oscar and the world appreciates India’s talent and thinking.
This beautifully shot documentary is about an unusual family living in a forest in Tamil Nadu, but it is much more than that. The 41-minute film opens with a beautiful montage of forest life. We are in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. The views are impressive. Surrounding hills, tigers roaming the plains, monkeys doing tricks in the trees, birds singing, while a calm stream runs between the rocks. Taken so beautifully as to explain why forests aren’t the wildest of places, even with wild animals running around.
For non-Tamil speaking viewers, the documentary presents a challenge, focusing on the subtitles and at the same time being mesmerized by the beauty of nature. The photos are soothing to the eyes, but Bowman and Bailey’s insightful words propel the story forward, telling the story of a family brought together by the wilderness. The narrative complements the images so well that neither dominates the other.
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