A film by Arne Birkenstock
Documentary, 2009, 35mm

A Production of Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien and Tradewind Pictures in co-production with SWR / WDR / ARTE and Dr. Peter Bach

Supported by Filmstiftung NRW, BKM, FFA and DFFF


The destiny of 16-years-old Chandani from Sri Lanka is closely bound to a little injured elephant, who has been taken in the elephant orphan hospital of the Pinnawela National Park.

If she succeeds in feeding the animal, her father - the main mahout of the elephant hospital and known as elephant whisperer thoughout the whole country – will teach her to be the first female mahout in Sri Lanka.

If she fails and the animal dies, she will have to bury her dream, not being able to fulfill the mahout tradition of her family.

Film presentation at the Vienna Zoo (Austria) on September 28, 2010, at 07:15 p.m.

Location: Tiergarten Orang.erie, 1130 Vienna, Maxingstrasse 13a