YARAT is happy to announce that on January 7, YARAT Film Club will host the screening of “One Lucky Elephant”, a film written and directed by American filmmaker Lisa Leeman. The screening is organized in collaboration with the Embassy of United States of America in Azerbaijan.
Where does an elephant go after a life in the circus? Sixteen years have passed since circus producer Ivor David Balding adopted Flora, the orphaned baby African elephant he lovingly raised as part of his family and made the star of his show. As Flora approaches adulthood, he realizes that she is not happy performing. Ultimately, David must face the difficult truth that the circus is no place for Flora. She needs to be with other elephants. The road to Flora’s retirement, however, is a difficult and emotional journey which tests their bond in unexpected ways. Ten years in the making, One Lucky Elephant explores the consequences of keeping wild animals in captivity, while never losing sight of the delicate love story at its heart.
Lisa Leeman writes, directs, produces, & edits documentary films. Her current film, AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda, co-directed with Paola di Florio, premiered to sold-out crowds at the Seattle Film Festival May 19, 2014. It won the Audience Award at the Illuminate Film Festival, and the Spirit of Cinema Award at the Maui Film Festival. Look for AWAKE in theaters in the fall.
Lisa’s last film, the award-winning One Lucky Elephant, premiered to sold-out crowds at the Los Angeles Film Festival, 2010, and continued to sell out screenings at festivals like IDFA, St. Louis, and the Starz Denver Film Festival. One Lucky Elephant premiered theatrically at Manhattans Film Forum in June 2011. One Lucky Elephant won Best Editing, Feature Documentary, at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2010, and was acquired by Oprah Winfrey’s network, OWN. It was featured as part of OWN’s monthly documentary club in 2011. One Lucky Elephant was selected to be part of the U.S. State Departments American Documentary Showcase, and screened in Russia, Greece, Korea, & other countries in this program of Documentary Diplomacy.
Date: February 7
Venue: YARAT Contemporary Art Centre, Multifunctional room, 2-nd floor.
The film will be shown in English
Admission is free.