Celebrating World Elephant Day 12th August 2015

World Elephant Day is an international annual event on August 12, dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s elephants. It was conceived so that we can experience elephants in non-exploitive and sustainable environments where elephants can thrive under care and protection. The pre-eminent threats to Asian elephants today are loss, degradation and fragmentation of habitat, leading in turn to increasing conflicts between humans and elephants. One of many disastrous human-elephant conflict by way of fragmentation of habitat is that of the train accidents. On the occasion of World Elephant Day, Save Tiger First and Radio Active 90.4 MHz are organising a film screening of “GOD ON THE EDGE”, which was triggered by one such train accident.

The details of the event:
Date: Wednesday, 12th August 2015
Time: 4:006:00 pm
Venue: CMS Jain University, 1/1-1, Atria Towers, Palace Road, Bangalore – 560001.
FB Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/992976140733806/

On the 6th of December 1961, a life altering choice was made by Mohammed Jaan Baksh. He chose to dedicate his life to serve elephants. He was only eleven years old. His brotherhood with elephants began as the assistant Mahut (Elephant Keeper) to ‘Shivprasad’, the elephant who became the catalyst for much pain and disillusion in his life a few years later. He abandoned his family on more than one occasion to be with elephants.

The growing ‘Man & Elephant’ conflict is a worry for Mohammed Jaan Baksh and many other elephant lovers like him. As this battle gets intense every day, elephants are fast losing their ground. They are no match to a 1000 ton moving metal at 80 km/h on a rail track. They are no match to a weak looking, rational thinking humans invading & fragmenting their home. Numerous elephants and humans die in this battle of ownership.

Millions of Indians celebrate and worship ‘Lord Ganesha’, the Elephant God. Folding our hands in prayers we ask the Lord to fulfill our dreams and to take away our sorrows. But do we ever hear the Lord’s painful cries? Do we even care he exists?

1. Winner – Best Film on Environment (Gold) at the 10th IDPA (Indian Documentary Producer’s Association) Excellence Award 2013, Mumbai
2. Official selection at the ‘Wildlife Conservation Film Festival 2015, New York
3. Official selection CMS Vatavaran Film Festival, 2015, New Delhi
4. Official selection at Matslau Film Festival 2014, Republic of Estonia
5. Official selection Woodpecker Film Festival 2014, New Delhi
6. Official selection Kolkata International Film Festival 2014, Kolkata
7. Official selection at the 6th Nasik International Film Festival 2014, Nasik
8. Official selection at the 13th Apala Paryavaran Film Festival 2014, Mumbai

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