The New Indian Express, a 400-thousand circulation daily in Chennai, picked up on the most frightening thing in "Elephants in the Coffee."
A revered former forest warden, K.M. Chinappa, says the future of elephants in south India is bleak unless some agricultural land is taken back from farmers and reserved for elephants. The headline in the New Indian Express reads, "There may not be elephants in India 50 years from now."
The quote attributed to D.K. Bhaskar represents the greatest fear of conservationists, as is explained in the documentary. However, the documentary's dominant message is about ongoing efforts to reduce elephant conflicts in the region.
Bhaskar has been showing the film in India, including presentations to people related to the coffee industry and national forests. Our great hope is that the film stimulates greater conversations that can lead to a long-term solution to elephant-agriculture conflicts.
Dr. Thomas Grant
Professor of Journalism at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College