DK Bhaskar called from Bangalore this morning with an urgent request. News 9, which is featured in the documentary, wanted to do a story about it.
We were very pleased to help. The media attention given to "Elephants in the Coffee" in south India has been phenomenal. People are hungry to know more about the elephant-human conflict. Bhaskar says many of the people who came to our showings have never before seen an elephant capture.
In addition, the documentary is being considered for a documentary festival in Rome and in a documentary competition in California. These are both competitions, and the world has many talented documentary filmmakers who have much better funding than we have. As novices, we're happy to have a chance to compete.
One thing separates "Elephants in the Coffee" from many other documentaries. This is a journalistic effort, and tries not to push one point of view over another. Many popular documentaries are used a vehicles to promote the filmmaker's view of the world. Many times, that helps those documentaries succeed. They tell a story that matches the preconceptions of their audience.
"Elephants in the Coffee" makes no pretense of knowing all the answers. However, it raises important questions. We think it could be the beginning of an important discussion: How can elephants and coffee farmers co-exist?
Dr. Thomas Grant
Professor of Journalism at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College