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This documentary's calming message of solidarity is always relevant. And is there a sweeter yet tougher animal in the world? Elephant suggests not. "Social life is like oxygen for these animals," we're told by narrator Markle, who's a fitting proxy for this matriarchal herd. "For elephants, family is everything," and their emotional bonds "are as strong and long-lasting as our own."
The documentary follows a template employed by other nature documentaries of infusing some of the starring animals with names and personalities. In this case, the matriarch sisters Gaia and Shani, who rely on ancient wisdom and enduring memories to lead their herd, and Shani's mischief-making toddler Jomo. Elephant also keeps our attention by throwing the herd increasingly treacherous obstacles about every 10 minutes of screen time, from sticky mud to roaring rapids to hungry lions and hyenas. The stunning photography of the Kalahari Desert and Victoria Falls is complemented by a stirring soundtrack of African music.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why there are so few elephant herds left in the wild. What do you think has happened to them?
The elephants found themselves in many dangerous situations. Which seemed the most threatening to you? Why?
How are elephants similar to humans? How are they different?
What were some facts you learned about elephants? How could you learn more?
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