Director Todd McGrain and Researcher Andrea Turkalo will be in attendance and be on a Q&A panel post-film! Moderated by Patty Satalia.
EcoAction will be co-hosting the film screening of Elephant Path / Njaia Njoku with the local chapter of the Sierra Club!
Elephant Path / Njaia Njoku film is an indelible tale of friendship and commitment set against the luminous beauty of the Central African Rainforest. Together, elephant behavioral biologist, Andrea Turkalo, and indigenous tracker, Sessely Bernard, will be tested by the realities of war and the limits of hope for the majestic animals they have committed their lives to study and protect. In the Dzanga Bai—village of elephants—is a clearing in the rainforest in a remote corner of the Central African Republic (CAR). African Grey parrots swoop and rare Forest Elephants congregate here to bathe in the mud and drink the mineral-rich water. According to Andrea Turkalo, an American field biologist who has studied the Forest Elephants for twenty-three years, “Dzanga Bai is one of the wonders of the natural world.” But the lush canopy in the Dzanga National Park is not enough to keep the elephants’ safe. The film reveals the constant threat of political unrest, poverty, and greed fueling a poaching pandemic that threatens their very existence. With unprecedented footage, Elephant Path / Njaia Njoku intimately captures the beauty and behavior of this rare and elusive species of elephant.