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The Elephant Queen

Shot over eight years, this stunning documentary tells the story of Athena, the Elephant Queen, who leads her family across Africa when drought hits their region.

Dir Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone
Prod Victoria Stone, Lucinda Englehart
Scr Mark Deeble
With Chiwetel Ejiofor
UK-Kenya
2018
96min
Sales Mister Smith Entertainment

Athena is a 50-year-old matriarch. Her family includes new-born Mimi and mischievous youngster Weiwei. When their water supply is threatened, they embark on a journey in gruelling heat to the badlands in search of a fresh water source. En route, they endure both heartbreak and joy in a gripping tale that’s reminiscent of great wildlife documentaries such as March of the Penguins. Through the remarkable footage they shot, award-winning directors Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble skilfully introduce us to the smaller creatures who depend on the elephants to sustain their own fragile ecosystems. There’s a lost goose, the aptly named foam frogs and a star cameo from a determined dung beetle. Chiwetel Ejiofor narrates, while Alex Heffes provides a richly evocative score. But it’s the majestic beauty of the elephants that stuns.

Justin Johnson

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Suitable for ages 6+

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